Humphrey Bogart ■ Audrey Hepburn ■ William Holden
Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work -- busily running the family corporate empire with no time for a wife and family. David is all play -- technically employed in the family business but never showing up for work, spending all his time entertaining, and having been married and divorced three times. Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but whom David hardly notices till she goes away to Paris for two years and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds she's captured David's attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself also falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her.
I didn't particularly like this movie the first time I watched it. A few years later I tried it again and found that I really liked it. Now, Sabrina is one that I watch over and over again.
I don't know what exactly it is that keeps me coming back, it's not a thrill-a-minute ride nor an absorbing mystery film-noir. It's, rather, a nice little romance with some moments of humor and also some serious ones.
This is just one of those comfortable stories that is easy to watch... over...and over...and over....
As both a Humphrey Bogart fan and an Audrey Hepburn fan, this movie is just perfect. Toss in William Holden and you have a winning combination - and by winning I mean it, this movie won several awards soon after its release.
A great black-and-white this movie is a must watch for fans of classic romance movies. And there really isn't anything in this one that the kids or grandkids can't see.
Humphrey Bogart...Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn...Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden...David Larrabee
Walter Hampden...Oliver Larrabee
John Williams...Thomas Fairchild
Martha Hyer...Elizabeth Tyson
Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA
Long Island, New York, USA
Paramount Studios - Hollywood, California, USA (studio)
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White - Edith Head
1955 Golden Globe
Best Screenplay - Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor,
1954 New York Film Critics Circle Awards
2nd Place Best Actress - Audrey Hepburn
Writer's Guild Of America, USA
WGA Award (Screen) - Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman
2002 National Film Preservation Board, USA
National Film Registry
Thomas Fairchild: Democracy can be a wickedly unfair thing, Sabrina. Nobody poor was ever called democratic for marrying somebody rich.
Thomas Fairchild: I like to think of life as a limousine. Though we are all riding together, we must remember our places. There's a front seat and a back seat and a window in between.
Linus Larrabee: Fairchild, I never realized it before, but you're a terrible snob.
Thomas Fairchild: Yes, sir.
Baron St. Fontanel: A woman happily in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.
Linus Larrabee: Look at me. Joe College with a touch of arthritis.
David Larrabee: I could have sworn I knew every pretty girl on the North Shore.
Sabrina Fairchild: I could have sworn you took in more territory than that.
Thomas Fairchild: May I ask, sir, what exactly are your intentions?
Linus Larrabee: My intentions? Unethical, reprehensible but very practical.
Thomas Fairchild: I beg your pardon?
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