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The Sandpiper
Alternate Title: The Flight of the Sandpiper
Director: Vincente Minnelli (Dir)
Release Date:   1965
Premiere Information:   Washington, D. C., opening: 23 Jun 1965
Duration (in mins):   116
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Cast:   Elizabeth Taylor (Laura Reynolds)  
    Richard Burton (Dr. Edward Hewitt)  
    Eva Marie Saint (Claire Hewitt)  
    Charles Bronson (Cos Erickson)  
    Robert Webber (Ward Hendricks)  
    James Edwards (Larry Brant)  
    Torin Thatcher (Judge Thompson)  
    Tom Drake (Walter Robinson)  
    Douglas Henderson (Phil Sutcliff)  
    Morgan Mason (Danny Reynolds)  
    Rex Holman    
    Kelton Garwood    
    Mel Gallagher    
    Ron Whelan (Celebrants)  
    Peter O'Toole (Voice)  

Summary: Laura Reynolds, a freethinking artist, lives with her 9-year-old illegitimate son, Danny, in a beach house near Monterey. The boy's uninhibited upbringing has brought him into conflict with the law, and Laura is ordered by the court to enroll him in the private school headed by Episcopal clergyman Edward Hewitt or risk losing him. Convinced that she can better educate the boy herself, she complies reluctantly, resentful of the judge's interference. She is surprised, however, at the ease with which Danny settles down to the school routine. Despite the initial hostility between Laura and Hewitt, who is married and the father of two boys, they are drawn into a passionate love affair. Antagonized by her nonconformist friends, Hewitt nevertheless yields to his passion, though he is tormented by guilt and humiliation. He reveals his affair to his wife, Claire, who withdraws, brokenhearted; and he subsequently makes a public admission. Laura condemns him for making their private relationship into public gossip, and they sever their liaison. Hewitt now confronts the self-seeking politicians who have been using him and his school for their own ends, and he resigns his headmastership. Leaving both Claire and Laura behind, he sets off to regain his former ideals as a minister. 

Production Company: Filmways, Inc.  
  Venice Productions  
Production Text: A Martin Ransohoff Production
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  
Director: Vincente Minnelli (Dir)
  Eduardo Tirella (Coord of the Big Sur scene)
  William McGarry (Asst dir)
Producer: John Calley (Assoc prod)
Writer: Dalton Trumbo (Scr)
  Michael Wilson (Scr)
  Irene Kamp (Adpt)
  Louis Kamp (Adpt)
  Martin Ransohoff (Story)
Photography: Milton Krasner (Dir of photog)
  Richard Borden (Wildlife photog)
Art Direction: George W. Davis (Art dir)
  Urie McCleary (Art dir)
Film Editor: David Bretherton (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Henry Grace (Set dec)
  Keogh Gleason (Set dec)
Costumes: Irene Sharaff (Cost des)
Music: Johnny Mandel (Mus)
  Robert Armbruster (Orch)
Sound: Franklin Milton (Rec supv)
Make Up: William Tuttle (Makeup supv)
  Sydney Guilaroff (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Ben Kadish (Supv prod exec)
  Don Bloom (Coöp)
  Dorothy Bowman (Coöp)
  The Bradford Children (Coöp)
  Cyril M. Brown Jr. (Coöp)
  Elizabeth Duquette (Laura's paintings)
  Edmund Kara (Redwood sculpture)
  Herb Rosenthal (Title art)
Country: United States

Songs: "The Shadow of Your Smile," music by Johnny Mandel, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.
Composer: Paul Francis Webster
  Johnny Mandel

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Venice Productions 15/6/1965 dd/mm/yyyy LP30828

Physical Properties: col: Metrocolor
  Sd: Westrex
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

 
Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Artists
  Atheists
  Beaches
  Boarding schools
  Clergy
  Guilt
  Headmasters
  Illegitimacy
  Infidelity
  Judges
  Monterey (CA)
  Motherhood
  Nonconformists
  Politicians
  Protestant Episcopal Church

Note: The working title of this film is The Flight of the Sandpiper

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