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Sabrina (1954) Movie Review

Directed By: Billy Wilder
Release Date: October, 1954
Run Time: 113 minutes
Rating: UR

Sabrina is a romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder in 1954. It was Audrey Hepburn's second movie, hot on the heels of Roman Holiday.

Young and beautiful Sabrina Fairchild is the chauffeur's daughter. For years, she has been madly in love with David (William Holden), the playboy son of the Larrabee family - the family her father works for. David is aware of her, in a very distant sort of way. But for Sabrina, he is her whole world.

Her concerned father finally sends Sabrina off to Paris, to attend a cooking school there. He hopes that the experience will enrich her life and give her confidence, as well as a skill. Most of all, he hopes it will help her get over David.

When she returns, Sabrina is smart, sophisticated, and confident. As she waits for her father to pick her up, David spots her and rushes to her side, not recognizing who she is. When he finds out that it is Sabrina, he is completely enchanted and, much to Sabrina's delight, tells everyone he is in love.

The problem is - David is engaged to Elizabeth Tyson (Martha Hyer), a woman that his workaholic, business-oriented brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) is determined he will marry in order to ensure a business merger with her family that will bring success and major good fortune to all of them. Linus is determined to stop David from breaking his engagement and ruining everything.

Linus sets out to distract Sabrina by courting her himself. His hope is to confuse her feelings for David and ultimately, to convince her to head back to Paris and away from the Larrabee family for good. But in the process of trying to capture Sabrina's heart, she captures his.

Ultimately, it is up to Sabrina to decide what she feels. Does she still love David? Or does she want to run off to Paris with Linus - an older man she never expected to love.

Audrey Hepburn is completely radiant in her role, as always. There was something quite angelic about that woman. I don't particularly understand her infatuation with David. He just comes across as rather sleazy and lacking in charm, to me. But it is a definite delight seeing Humphrey Bogart as the ultimate businessman with a heart. He played some rather dark characters in his career, but in Sabrina, he is practically light-hearted.

I've always been a fan of the 1995 version of Sabrina (starring Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, and Julia Ormond), but the original movie is charming, sentimental, and beautiful, with a delightful amount of wit and humor. It is a movie I can watch again and again.

Would you personally be drawn more to David or Linus?

(I was not paid to endorse this movie in any way. I watched it from my own private video collection and my opinions and thoughts about it are my own.)

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