The Sandpiper (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Sandpiper (1965)



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An unconventional California woman falls in love with the Episcopalian minister in charge of her teen-age son's boarding school in this melodrama. The affair soon threatens to become a scandal that may ruin their lives, forcing the woman and the minister to make some difficult decisions.

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Elizabeth Taylor
as Laura Reynolds
Richard Burton
as Dr. Edward Hewitt
Eva Marie Saint
as Claire Hewitt
Robert Webber
as Ward Hendricks
Charles Bronson
as Cos Erickson
James Edwards
as Larry Brant
Torin Thatcher
as Judge Thompson
Tom Drake
as Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson
as Phil Sutcliff
Morgan Mason
as Danny Reynolds
Dusty Cadis
as Trooper
John Hart
as Trooper
Shirley Bonne
as Celebrant
Jan Arvan
as First Trustee
Mary Benoit
as Trustee's Wife
Tom Curtis
as Second Trustee
Paul Genge
as Architect
Jeff Davis
as Administrator
Colin Drake
as Administrator
Fred Fisher
as Administrator
April Hyde
as Administrator's Wife
Barbara Somers
as Dancer at the Party
Olga Valéry
as Administrator's Wife
Tom White
as Beatnik
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Critic Reviews for The Sandpiper

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

As Mr. and Mrs., Elizabeth and Richard take full advantage of the opportunity to scorch the screen with torrid lovemaking, the first chance they've had to indulge in such cinematic intimacy.

November 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If anyone had suggested to me that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton could be beaten out by the background scenery of a co-starring film, I would never have believed it. But that is what has happened in The Sandpiper.

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When I note, in this instance, that The Sandpiper is for adults I mean less that younger folk should be kept away from it than that younger folk will find it a bore and a drag.

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The picture belongs to its two stars, the Technicolored rolling surf captured so beautifully by the camera and to tender direction by Vincente Minnelli.

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To put it briefly, this is just a soap opera, loaded with sex, embellished with scenery and incredibly silly. It also offers some dreadful dialog.

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The story as a whole never gets far afield of "the thing" between the Burtons.

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Audience Reviews for The Sandpiper


beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Lots of amazing scenery (Liz Taylor included.) The Sandpiper is also a precursor to the beginning of the ratings system as its a bit racy and liberal-minded for the mid-60s. Burton and Taylor are as always great together, Eva Marie Saint plays a WASP doormat and Charles Bronson plays a hipster beatnik. By no means essential and even though its a little drawn out, its not a bad watch.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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