Sabrina (1995 film)

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Not to be confused with Sabrina (1954 film).
Sabrina
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Produced by Sydney Pollack
Scott Rudin
Written by Barbara Benedek
David Rayfiel
Starring Harrison Ford
Julia Ormond
Greg Kinnear
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Fredric Steinkamp
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15)
Running time 127 minutes
Country Germany
United States
Language English
French
Budget $50 million[1]
Box office $53,458,319

Sabrina is a 1995 romantic comedy-drama film adapted by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel. It is a remake of the Sabrina (1954 film) co-written and directed by Billy Wilder that starred Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden, which in turn was based upon a play titled Sabrina Fair.

It was directed by Sydney Pollack, and stars Harrison Ford as Linus Larrabee, Julia Ormond as Sabrina and Greg Kinnear (in his first starring film role) as David Larrabee. It also features Angie Dickinson, Richard Crenna, Nancy Marchand, Lauren Holly, John Wood, Dana Ivey, and French actress Fanny Ardant.

Plot[edit]

Sabrina Fairchild is the young daughter of the Larrabee family's chauffeur, Thomas, and has been in love with David Larrabee all her life. David is a playboy, constantly falling in love, yet he has never noticed Sabrina, much to her dismay.

Sabrina travels to Paris for a fashion internship at Vogue (rather than a culinary course as in the original film) and returns as an attractive, sophisticated woman. David, after initially not recognizing her, is quickly drawn to her despite being newly engaged to Elizabeth Tyson, a doctor.

David's workaholic older brother Linus fears that David's imminent wedding to the very suitable Elizabeth might be endangered. If the wedding were to be canceled, so would a lucrative merger with the bride's family business, Tyson Electronics, run by her father Patrick. This could cost the Larrabee Corporation, run by Linus and his mother Maude, in the neighborhood of a billion dollars.

Linus tries to redirect Sabrina's affections to himself and it works. Sabrina falls in love with him, even though she quotes others as calling Linus "the world's only living heart donor" and someone who "thinks that morals are paintings on walls and scruples are money in Russia."

In the process, Linus also falls in love with her. Unwilling to admit his feelings, Linus confesses his scheme to Sabrina at the last minute and sends her back to Paris. But he is induced to pursue her there by chiding from his mother and a newly aware David, who steps into his shoes at the Larrabee Corporation.

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Production[edit]

The music was composed by John Williams and includes a song performed by Sting; both were nominated for Academy Awards.

The location used to portray the Larrabee family's mansion was the 'Salutation' estate, which is located on West Island in Glen Cove, New York.[2] This home was built around 1929 for Junius Spencer Morgan III, who was a director of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.[3] His father was J. P. Morgan, Jr., who was a banker and the son of J. P. Morgan, the renowned financier. The property is no longer owned by the Morgan family, but it is still in private hands and used as a residence.[4] The movie made extensive use of this mansion's interiors during the filming.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was one of Ford's few financial flops (domestic box-office result was US$53 million), primarily because it suffered from inevitable comparisons to the Sabrina (1954 film) with its trio of stars, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden.[7] However, critics gave the film mostly mixed-to-positive reviews, with a fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 65% based on 46 reviews.[8][9][10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Oscar 1996: Received two nominations, Best Original Score, Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Moonlight")
  • Golden Globe 1996: Received three nominations, "Best Film - Comedy/Musical", "Best Actor -Comedy/Musical-Harrison Ford", "Best Original Song" ("Moonlight")
  • Grammy 1997: Received a nomination for Best song composed for Film or TV series ("Moonlight")
  • CFCA 1996: Most Promising Actor (Greg Kinnear)

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