Sabrina (Sabrina Fair/La Vie en Rose in the United Kingdom) is a 1954 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor’s 1953 play Sabrina Fair. The picture stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. This was Wilder’s last film released by Paramount Pictures, ending a 12-year business relationship between Wilder and the company. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2002.
- Starring : Humphrey Bogart / Audrey Hepburn
- Genre : Comedy / Drama / Romance
- Country : United States
- Language : English / French
- Director : Billy Wilder
- Production : Paramount Pictures
- Distributor : Paramount Pictures / AFEX / Paramount British Pictures / Paramount Films of Italy / Film AB Paramount / Les Films Paramount / Paramount-Films / Paramount Home Video / Film Prestige / Finnkino / Yleisradio (YLE) / Mainostelevisio (MTV3) / TV3 / Nelonen / Ciné-Sorbonne / Classic Films Distribución / Dipenfa / Odeon / Paramount Films of India / CIC Vídeo / National Broadcasting Company (NBC) / Paramount Home Entertainment Finland / Paramount Home Entertainment / Warner Home Video
Sabrina release date
- September 3, 1954 : Canada (Toronto)
- September 10, 1954 : UK (London)
- September 17, 1954 : Japan
- September 22, 1954 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- September 22, 1954 : USA (New York City, New York)
- October 15, 1954 : USA
- November 9, 1954 : India
- February 4, 1955 : France
- February 14, 1955 : Sweden
- March 17, 1955 : Australia
- September 21, 1955 : Spain (Barcelona) (premiere)
- September 27, 1955 : Spain (Madrid)
- July 17, 1972 : Spain (re-release)
- May 31, 1981 : Spain (TV release)
- August 15, 1996 : Germany (re-release)
- September 21, 2003 : Canada (Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival)
- April 20, 2005 : France (re-release)
- February 12, 2009 : Philippines (Audrey Hepburn Film Festival)
- September 28, 2013 : Japan (re-release)
- July 2, 2014 : France (re-release) (restored version)
- June 19, 2015 : Spain (Barcelona) (re-release)
- March 30, 2016 : France (re-release) (restored version)
- October 19, 2016 : France (re-release) (restored version)
- December 25, 2019 : France (re-release) (restored version)
- Humphrey Bogart as Linus Larrabee
- Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild
- William Holden as David Larrabee
- Walter Hampden as Oliver Larrabee
- John Williams as Thomas Fairchild
- Martha Hyer as Elizabeth Tyson
- Joan Vohs as Gretchen Van Horn
- Marcel Dalio as Baron St. Fontanel
- Marcel Hillaire as The Professor
- Nella Walker as Maude Larrabee
- Francis X. Bushman as Mr. Tyson
- Ellen Corby as Miss McCardle
- David Ahdar as Ship’s Steward (uncredited)
- Raymond Bailey as Member of the Board (uncredited)
- Brooks Benedict as Party Guest (uncredited)
Sabrina Fairchild is the young daughter of the Larrabee family’s chauffeur, Thomas, and has been in love with David Larrabee all her life. David is a three-times-married playboy who has never paid attention to Sabrina because to him she was still a child. Eavesdropping on a party at the Larrabee mansion, as she has often done before, Sabrina notices David enticing yet another woman. Distraught, she leaves her father a suicide note and starts every car in the garage so as to kill herself. Instead she is interrupted by David’s older brother Linus, who escorts her back to her quarters above the garage.
Sabrina had been on the point of sailing for France, where she is to attend Le Cordon Bleu, the leading culinary school in Paris. After two years there, she returns home as an attractive and sophisticated woman. When her father is delayed from picking her up at the station, David offers her a lift instead without even knowing it is Sabrina.
Once David realizes who she is, he is quickly drawn to Sabrina and invites her to join him at a party at the mansion. When Linus sees this, he fears that David’s imminent marriage to Elizabeth Tyson may be endangered. If the engagement is broken, it would ruin a profitable opportunity for a great corporate merger between Larrabee Industries and Elizabeth’s very wealthy father’s business. Instead of confronting David about his irresponsibility, Linus pretends to sympathise with him and in a moment of inattention David sits down on champagne glasses he has placed in his pockets, so that he is incapacitated for a few days.
Linus now takes David’s place with Sabrina on the pretext that “it’s all in the family” until both fall in love, although neither will admit it. In fact Linus’ plan is to pretend to be accompanying Sabrina back to Paris but not to join her on the liner. However, when he reveals his intention to Sabrina instead, she agrees to leave the next day and never come back.
The following morning, Linus has second thoughts and decides to send David to Paris with Sabrina. This means calling off David’s wedding with Elizabeth and the big Tyson deal, and he schedules a meeting of the Larrabee board to announce this. However, David enters the room at the last minute and declares that he has decided to marry Elizabeth after all. David helps Linus recognize his own feelings for Sabrina and assists him in rushing off to join Sabrina’s ship before it leaves the harbor. Linus and Sabrina meet on board and sail away together.
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