Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor (play), Ernest Lehman
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams, Martha Hyer, Joan Vohs
Music by: Frederick Hollander
Photography by: Charles Lang
Runtime: 113 min.
About: Sabrina is the young daughter of the Larrabee family's chauffeur who has been in love with David Larrabee for all her life. When Sabrina goes to Paris for a few years, she returns a very attractive and sophisticated woman, and David is quickly drawn to her. David's brother Linus sees this and fears that David's imminent wedding with a very rich woman may be endangered. If the wedding is canceled, so will a great corporate deal with the bride's family. So, Linus tries to keep Sabrina off his brother, and the best way to do so is by charming her himself.
¤ Bogart was a last minute replacement for Cary Grant.
¤ Bogart and William Holden couldn't stand each other.
¤ Bogart disapproved of Audrey Hepburn (he wanted his wife Lauren Bacall in the role). Asked how he liked working with Hepburn, Bogart replied: "It's ok, if you don't mind to make 20 takes". However it was him, who critics claimed as miscast.
¤ Bogart got $300000, Holden got $150000, and Hepburn only $15000.
¤ Although Edith Head won an Oscar for costume design, most of Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe was by Hubert de Givenchy.
¤ This was the second film in a row where Audrey Hepburn gets her hair cut as a symbol of maturity.
¤ This is the first of four films in a row where she'd play a character romantically linked with a man old enough to be her father.
¤ Originally titled Sabrina Fair, the title was changed in the US so audiences wouldn't link it with highbrow stories like Vanity Fair.
¤ When Linus takes Sabrina to the theatre, they see the play "The Seven Year Itch", which was director/writer Billy Wilder's next movie project. The play is mentioned at least twice.
¤ Co-stars Audrey Hepburn and William Holden fell in love during the making of this film, but Hepburn broke off the relationship on learning that Holden could not have children.
¤ Hubert de Givenchy originally thought he would be providing wardrobe for Katharine Hepburn, as he had never heard of Audrey Hepburn before they were introduced.
¤ Like Sunset Blvd. (1950), this film started production without a finished script. Once Wyler asked Audrey Hepburn to feign illness so he would have enough time to finish the scene to be shot.
¤ About Audrey Hepburn, Billy Wilder would say: "The very first day, she came on the set prepared. She knew her lines. I did not have to squeeze it out of her. She was so gracious and graceful that everybody fell in love with her after five minutes. Everybody was in love with this girl, I included. My problem was that I am a guy who speaks in his sleep. I toss around and talk and talk.... But fortunately, my wife's first name is Audrey as well".
Oscars: Best Costume Design - Black-and-White; nominations: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration - Black-and-White, Best Cinematography - Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Writing - Screenplay.
Golden Globes: Best Screenplay.
BAFTA: Best British Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
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