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- kevin sellers
Ok Taylor/Burton movie (although, admittedly, the bar is set pretty low, since the only great one is Virginia Woolf and some of 'em, like Taming of the Shrew and Cleopatra, are pretty bad.) The problem is the screenplay, which has five names attached to it (including the legendary Dalton Trumbo.) This is usually a bad sign (too many cooks and all that sort of thing) and such is the case here. The biggest flaw in the script is that the motivation for the character played by Burton to leave his wife (Eva Marie Saint, effective as always) for free spirit artist Taylor is not given until three fourths of the way through the movie in a rather rambling scene where Burton confesses to Saint that while married to her he's become a corporate stuffed shirt and needs his freedom. Also, all subsidiary characters, including the key one played by Saint, are squeezed to the margins of the film so that the two box office giants of the time, Liz and Dick, can dominate (read hog) the screen. As for the twin behemoths some of the scenes between them, like a conversation about women's' rights and marriage, are entertaining, while others, such as a post coital bout of guilt on Burton's part, are rather dull. And Burton's speech of resignation from his headmaster post, given to both women in his life, is underwhelming, to say the least. As for Vincent Minelli's direction let's just say that The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a much better film by him about single parenthood. (Taylor's raising her son on her own.) Give it a C plus. P.S. It's interesting to see the future symbol of American vigilante facism, Charles Bronson, play a beatnik artist, although like all the co stars his screen time is limited.
The Sandpiper is very alluring!
- stephen benoit
I first saw the sandpiper when I was a kid....then saw it again recently.#1. I have to say that Rotten Tomatoes is the worst group of Movie critics ever....do not listen to a damn thing they say about a prospective movie you may watch until you watch it and draw your own conclusions....and If you liked it....better not go read a jot & tittle about what they say....they're for the most part---total buffoons. Okay, back to "The Sandpiper."If you want a happy ending to a beautiful love story....you will cry after this one....very sad. What captured me in this movie was how totally alluring the 33 year old Liz Taylor was is this movie. Elizabeth Taylor really was sensational as usual.Man does she know how to work a woman's magic on a man, and boy does it work in this film. The basic plot is great and very archetypal in that it plays on the classic battle of forbidden fruit. Richard Burton who also is fabulous is an older Episcopal Priest who is the headmaster of an Episcopal School and falls in love with the Single Mother of one of the schools boys. Not going to do a complete in depth review because I simply don't have the time...but know this...if you are a romantic and love romantic movies, "The Sandpiper" is a must see period.
Liz Taylor and Richard Burton are great!!
I was totally mesmerized by Elisabeth Taylor. I never realized just howbeautiful she was until I saw this movie. And, she was one of the top actresses ever.God help me!!!
Watch the movie for the gorgeous coastal scenery. This movie feels dated and the messaging a bit heavy-handed, and there are far better Taylor-Burton pairings (how about "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?").
- Bruce C
Its hard to judge this film knowing the history and past of Burton and Taylor. The conditionin which Laura (Elizabeth) is presented is common today, along with a spiraling disregardfor religion. The film's title is close to being a misnomer, but not wholly. Its more of a tool -mechanism that pulled two entities on differing paths together. The Big Sur location and a healthy name cast make this an interesting movie for some. Sometimes films don't fit intoeveryone's personality, but no reason to disregard the body of work. Perhaps understandingcan only be known if one has experienced a relationship of this magnitude, if not, you'll not fully understand. The beach scene right after the little bird comes outside, is about as real as it gets. Very appropriate to be aired on Valentine's Day this year, its a love story on the human level.
I loved watching this movie...not so much for the great acting...but the great music, scenery, and history.It;s a real timepiece and I didn't find it boring at all.
- Johnny Perry
The worst movie I've watched from beginning to end.(And this comes from someone who also sat through "Paint Your Wagon.")
Spirit of Big Sur
- Noir Horse
I love love love this movie. The music, styling and locations combine with the amazing cast to weave a story that touches the soul. For me personally, it always fills me with a mysterious sense of deja vu, for a place in time that I'd yet to be born. I also think it ridicous to suggest that an artist cannot be beautiful or glamorous. Liz is perfection! The locations are wonderful supporting characters. Thanks for placing it in your schedule.
Um filme fantstico e excelente. Ver Elizabeth e Richard Burton juntos s poderia resultar num dos melhores filmes de amor dos anos 60. A trilha sonora do filme linda. Perfeito o filme
Big Sur In Redux
- Elder Guru
Liz 's and Dick"s tour de force vehicle and John Mandel'smasterpiece score. What more can one say, loved it!
Sandpiper Is a Glorious FIlm
Please put this film back in your schedule. It's wonderful to watch, a perfect snapshot of that moment in time. I ADORE the locations. I disagree with the previous poster regarding Liz's glamor factor . Since when is it rule that an artist be unglamorous or unfashionable? Liz definitely captures the bohemian spirit of the artist she portrays- and does so beautifully.Can't wait to see this one again.
Close ups galore
The Liz Taylor close ups were incredible. It was shot in the summer of 64, the year they were finally married!Great sets locations and quite a scene when Bronson is sculpting Liz.Of course dont forget the Oscar winning very famous song, The Shadow of Your Smile.
Liz is far, far too much of a glam gal to convince the audience that she's an artist. I really like that embroidered white caftan she wears in one scene with Burton. It's a film I love to hate.
Love The Sandpiper!
This film is absolutely stunning! From the Big Sur coast location to the stellar performances of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It speaks to the free spirit in each of us and to our self-imposed limitations. I would add this film to my collection in a heart-beat if it was made available.