Sabrina 1954

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Sabrina is the daughter of a chauffeur, almost a member of his employer's family which has two sons, Linus and David. Sabrina has a crush on free and easy younger son David. She goes to Paris for two years and when she comes back attracts the attention of both brothers. Who will she pick?

Starring:
Marcel Dalio,William Holden
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Billy Wilder
Starring Marcel Dalio, William Holden
Supporting actors Joan Vohs, Audrey Hepburn, John Williams, Martha Hyer, Walter Hampden, Humphrey Bogart
Studio Echelon
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "melaniejbaker2003" on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
A Long Island Chauffeurs daughter is desperately in love with the youngest son of the family her father works for. Sent away to Paris for two years (partly to learn how to cook, and partly to cure her infatuation), she returns with a sophisticated new look, and finds that he is now infatuated with her.
As is clear from the above outline, and from the very beginning of the film which starts with the line "Once upon a time there was a little girl...." this film is basically a fairy tale in which Hepburn's Cinderella gets to choose between the two sons of the fabulously wealthy Larrabee family. It features a wonderful cast - William Holden excels as the charming playboy David Larrabee (the original object of Sabrina's affections), and Bogart, somewhat cast against type as a romantic lead, shows a deft touch for comedy as older brother Linus, who attempts to disentangle his brother from Sabrina only to find himself falling for her too.
This is a tale which could easily become mawkish, but is kept from doing so by witty dialogue and wonderful physical comedy (Linus manipulating his brother into sitting down on a champagne glass, and then providing him with a hammock with a strategic hole cut out is my favourite, but there are many such moments). But this is Hepburn's film, and she is magnificent. Her transformation from gawky teenager to sophisticated young woman is entirely convincing, and she never looked lovelier.
Forget Pretty Woman, forget Maid in Manhatten, this film did it first and it did it better. Get a big bar of chocolate, unplug the phone, and sit back and enjoy the most beautiful face ever captured on film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ''Rebel Flower'' on 21 Jan. 2011
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Often looked-over for more classic films by Hepburn such as 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' and 'Roman Holiday', 'Sabrina' is a sweet confection of 1950s Hollywood romantic-comedy.

In only her second role, Audrey Hepburn gives a beguiling performance as Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffer to a wealthy family. She is madly in love with one of the brothers in the family, the playboy David, but he barely knows she's alive. Sabrina is then whisked away to Paris to attend a cooking school (what follows is a few comedy sequences with an over-the-top French chef that admittedly is outdated but is still cute) and comes back as... well as Audrey Hepburn as we know her. Chic, sophisticated and elegant. Suddenly David takes notice, completley forgetting his new fiance, and his older brother (legendary Humphrey Bogart) steps in to save the day. Of course he ends up madly in love with Sabrina too.

Audrey sparkles in this, just like she does in most of her films, and even manages to make the relationship with Bogart seem believable (remarkable with the age difference). She is for the first time dressed in costumes by Givenchy, who would of course go on to style Audrey's look until the end of her life. The dress that she wears to the party is still gorgeous 60 years later!

To sum up, a wonderful little romance comedy that is sadly overlooked but will be treasured by Hepburn fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2001
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A heartwarming visual feast of the upstairs/downstairs variety! A wonderful film that keeps you gripped and runs the gamut of human emotions: Sabrina's virtures contrasted with the snobbery of her own Father; Linus's commitment to work set against Brother David's frivolity; all taking place within a setting that allows for love to be ruled by society and parental ambition. Sabrina shines through with the class that Audrey Hepburn alone can bring, and, in the end you might just warm to Humphrey Bogart!
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By Lexa on 30 Oct. 2012
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If you are into movies of the 50's this film will suit you. Despite the acknowledgement that there were off-screen tensions between Bogart and Hepburn, I felt they had surprisingly good chemistry. This rom-com focuses on Sabrina the chauffeurs daughter and two brothers, who the chauffeur works for. They both have an interest in her the moment she returns from Paris and is glamorous. It is a typical cinderella moment when she returns from her trip and the younger brother instantly falls for her, which jeopardises the family business. The film is fairly light hearted and concentrates on both an instant lust and a slow burning love. The actors are all fantastic in their own rights and I felt their high standards were maintained, although this is not a very famous film for these actors. This film is great for anyone looking for a romantic tale, of sibling rivalry and a woman torn between two men, and recommended for any established fans of Hepburn, Bogart, or Holden. If you haven't come across these three, I would suggest watching this after their more well known titles such as 'Casablanca', or 'Breakfast at Tiffanies' to fully appreciate these classic stars, on their own.
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Having seen both variations of this film in the last few years I have to say that Harrison Ford is much better off as a believable older lothario than Humphrey Bogart, who, looks incredibly old and looks as if he has a hang over and has been Chain smoking all day, which he probably has! they should have put Cary Grant in this part, Bogart was not a good choice for the part but that,s another story. Audrey Hepburn is equally bewitching as Julia Ormond, or the other way around, in the part of Sabrina, although Julia has not shown this incredible vulnerability as a young girl in other films, or at least not to my knowledge unlike Audrey. The part played by Gregg Kinnear and William Holden is almost identical and I can,t fault this, although I think the Ferrari is more appropiate than the characterless car used in the earlier film. It was interesting to see the update in technology as regards the toys that were used by Linus in the 40 Yr gap in the production of these two films, lastly I have to say that both films are pure fantasy, but very very en,joyable.
John Bentley. Liverpool.
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