Sabrina Overview:

Sabrina (1954) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder.

The film was based on the play Sabrina Fair written by Samuel A. Taylor performed at the National Theatre, NY & Royale Theatre, NY from Nov 11, 1953 - Aug 21, 1954.


This classic romance showcases Hepburn's grace and natural beauty. Hepburn, a chauffeur's daughter who lives over a mansion's garage, returns home from a French cooking school as a charming sophisticate. She had been sent away after losing her heart to her father's employer's playboy son (Holden). Upon Hepburn's homecoming, her new appearance and polish knock Holden off his feet. But Holden's brother, Bogart, a nose-to-the-grindstone businessman, has plans for Holden to marry a rival's daughter (Hyer) in a practical, if not romantic, merger. Bogart advises Hepburn to watch her heart, but then finds himself enchanted. Wilder's astringent dialogue and a sly performance from Bogart life this above the suds. Remade in 1995 by Sydney Pollack with Harrison Ford in the Bogart role.

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Sabrina was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressAudrey HepburnNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray MoyerNominated
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
Best Costume DesignEdith HeadWon
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest LehmanNominated

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Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden star in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" Sabrina (1954) is an American romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder and starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. The screenplay was by Wilder, Ernest Lehman, and Samuel A. Taylor. The supporting cast includes J... Read full article

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So, Luke Ford, who plays Lucifer this episode, looks a lot like Taylor Kitsch. Enough I thought they maybe paid for Kitsch. They didn?t, they got Ford. Who doesn?t seem to have voiced goat Satan in the previous episodes. Anyway. It?s the big finale, with Kiernan Shipka unintentionally letting Ford o... Read full article

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e19 – The Mandrake

on Apr 9, 2020 From The Stop Button

This episode gets off to a rough start wrapping up last episode?s cliffhanger?Sabrina and the gang discovering a shrine to her in the mines, which is at least hundreds of years old. Kevin Rodney Sullivan?s direction is peculiar in a bad way (unless there?s a good reason for it like they reshot all o... Read full article

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e18 – The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman

on Apr 8, 2020 From The Stop Button

So following Sabrina showing herself off as a possible messiah, Richard Coyle gets back to town with Miranda Otto?Otto?s totally Stepford Wives?and convinces his bosses she?s a heretic and they?re just going to have to kill her. Meanwhile, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) is enjoying her new powers. She can... Read full article

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e17 – The Missionaries

on Apr 7, 2020 From The Stop Button

So, actually, no, ?Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? apparently hasn?t hit the darkest hour or the point of no return yet because this episode just sort of shrugs at all the disastrous things gone wrong for Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) and her family. Cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo?who?s great this episod... Read full article

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Quotes from

David Larrabee: It's all beginning to make sense. Mr.Tyson owns the sugarcane. You own the formula for the plastics. And I'm supposed to be offered up as a human sacrifice on the altar of the industrial progress. Is that it?
Linus Larrabee: You make it sound so vulgar, David, as if the son of hot dog dynasty were being offered in marriage to the daughter of the mustard king. Surely, surely you don't object to Elizabeth Tyson just because her father happens to have twenty million dollars? That's very narrow minded of you, David.

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 has decided to cancel the wedding and the merger]
Linus Larrabee: When's your mother's birthday?
Miss McCardle: Why?
Linus Larrabee: I'm sending her two thousand gardenias.

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Facts about

Many critics felt that Humphrey Bogart was miscast in the film, and that William Holden should have played Linus with a younger actor as David.
Originally titled "Sabrina Fair", the title was changed in the US so audiences wouldn't link it with highbrow stories like "Vanity Fair".
The original Broadway production of "Sabrina Fair" by Samuel A. Taylor opened at the National Theater on Novemeber 11, 1953 and ran for 318 performances.
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