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Twenty-something Laura Reynolds is a free spirit who questions social conventions, laws and regulations. A struggling artist, she lives in a secluded beach-side cabin in Big Sur with her nine year old illegitimate son, Danny, on who she has instilled her values. Because of this questioning of convention, Laura has decided to home school Danny. Also because of this questioning of the law, Danny runs into some legal problems, and as such is court ordered to be sent to San Simeon, a Christian school in Monterey. This order is against Laura's wishes. The school's headmaster is Dr. Rev. Edward Hewitt, who tries to convince Laura that San Simeon is not the prison she probably believes it to be. Married for twenty-one years to his faithful wife Claire, Edward has become more a fund-raiser at all cost (for a new chapel) rather than an educator or priest. Despite their differences, Laura and Edward begin to fall for each other. Both but especially Edward have to reconcile their feelings for each other to their beliefs, which they learn are closer to each other than what may appear on the surface. Their feelings also bring to the forefront what each really wants in life beyond their current lot.... Show more

Vincente Minnelli has his tried-and-tested style, which he remains faithful to today. It is my favorite Drama movie because parts felt very similar to my life experience. The movie is openly dreamlike, and like most dreams it moves uncertainly down a path with many turnings. Production also looks good from the music side. The story is really solid, the pacing is great, and all of the actors give great performances. And most importantly this is a movie which restores your faith in Humanity and the true power of compassion. Sign me up for the next part of The Sandpiper.... Show more

Countries: United States
Release: 1965-06-23
Duration: 117 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
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