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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sabrina (1995)

A young chauffeur's daughter (Julia Ormond) has been nurturing a life long crush on the youngest son (Greg Kinnear) of the wealthy family her father (John Wood) drives for. He's never noticed her but when she returns from a year in Paris, he's suddenly interested but his older brother (Harrison Ford) and mother (Nancy Marchand, delightful) plan to nip it in the bud. Based on the Samuel Taylor (VERTIGO) play by way of the 1954 Billy Wilder film, the film inevitably suffers when compared to the Wilder film. Not that the 1954 film was any great shakes as cinema, it wasn't but because that film's success was immeasurably helped by the star power of Bogart, William Holden and, of course, Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina. There's nothing wrong with Ormond's work here. She's lovely and quite good but she's not Hepburn. Hepburn made us fall in love with her merely by being Hepburn and Ormond doesn't have that kind of Star magnetism. The one improvement is John Williams' Oscar nominated gleaming underscore. Directed by Sydney Pollack. With Angie Dickinson, Richard Crenna, Fanny Ardant, Paul Giamatti, Dana Ivey, Miriam Colon and Lauren Holly.

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