The Sandpiper
The Sandpiper (1965)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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TIME Magazine

The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff.

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Emanuel Levy

A star vehicle for Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, The Sandpiper is one of Minnelli's most embarrassing films, which is poorly scripted (by Dalton Trumbo), helmed, and acted and doesn't even qualify as high camp.

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Variety Staff

Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
TV Guide

It must rank as one of the most expensive and pretentious loads of garbage ever foisted upon an adoring public.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A truly dire romantic melodrama.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Take a snapshot of Taylor next to her wooden likeness and you'd need a caption to distinguish between the two.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story
Michael Gildea
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… More