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76 Ratings

The Sandpiper

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
United Kingdom, 1965
Drama, Romance


On and off screen couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton team up again in this counterculture classic, based in libertine author Henry Miller’s abode of Big Sur, California. Taylor plays a free-spirited artist who resists authority, and Burton is a priest/instructor at a local private school.

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The Sandpiper Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1966 | Winner: Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globes (USA)

1966 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Song

Critics reviews

Jean-Luc Godard once described this lush 1965 studio effort as a couple of bakers filming their families on weekends in Super-8. In fact it’s Vincente Minnelli filming Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, and Charles Bronson in 35-millimeter ’Scope, and doing what he can with a campy script by Dalton Trumbo and Michael Wilson.
December 29, 2002
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