A poor chauffeur's daughter finds true love in this modern-day "Cinderella" story -- a remake of the classic 1954 romantic comedy, "Sabrina."
Although Sabrina attempts to win over David Larrabee, a young Long Island playboy her father works for, he barely even knows she's alive. To help get her mind off David, Sabrina's dad sends her on a trip to Paris, where she trains to become a fashion photographer. In Europe, the mousey young girl blossoms into a beautiful woman before returning to the Larrabee estate on Long Island.
At first, David doesn't recognize the altered Sabrina. Once he does, however, he falls hard -- which jeopardizes his impending marriage to Elizabeth, a wealthy doctor. This turn of events greatly concerns his older, more serious brother, Linus, who's counting on the marriage to cement a merger between his company and a business owned by Elizabeth's rich father.
So Linus decides to woo Sabrina, hoping she'll fall for him and forget his brother. However, the scheme backfires when Linus himself begins to find the charming Sabrina irresistible...
In this updating of the 1954 Billy Wilder romantic comedy, a pair of brothers--a dashing playboy and a sensible, stodgy businessman--vie for the affections of the chauffeur's daughter after she returns, transformed into a swan, from Paris. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Original Song ("Moonlight").
Color by DeLuxe; dailies by Technicolor. Filmed with Panavision equipment.
Released theatrically in the USA December 15, 1995. The film grossed $53.7 million domestically.
Additional cast: Paul Giamatti (Scott); John C. Vennema (Ron); Gregory Chase (Ron); Margo Martindale (Nurse); Christine Luneau-Lipton (Ticket Taker); Michael Dees (Singer at Larrabee Party); Denis Holmes (Butler); Jo-Jo Lowe (Red Head); Ira Wheeler (Bartender); Philippa Cooper (Kelly); Ayako (India); Frantois Genty (Makeup Assistant); Guillaume Gallienne (Assistant); Ines Sastre, Phina, Helena Katia, Andrea Behalikova, Jennifer Herrera, Kristina Kumlin, Eva Linderholm, Stefano Tartini (Models); Carmen Chaplin, Micheline Van De Velde, Joanna Rhodes, Alan Boone, Patrick Forster Delmas, Kentaro Matsuo (Paris Friends); J.B. Benn (Magician); Peter McKernan (Helicopter Pilot); Ed Connelly (Gulf Stream Pilot); Ronald Schwary (Sheik); Kenneth A. MacDonald (Beggar); Alvin Lum (Tyson Butler); Siching Song (Mother in Hospital); Phil Nee (Father in Hospital); Randy Becker (Trainer); Susan Browning (Secretary); Saikat Mondal (Moroccan Waiter); Peter Parks (Senator); and La Compagnie Jolie M(me (Street Singers).
Additional credits: Pascal Salafa, Jerome Borenstein (assistant directors); Ronna Kress (casting associate).
"Moonlight" & "How Can I Remember" by John Williams,
lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman, performed by
Michael Dees. End title version of sung by Sting
"Call Me Irresponsible" & "High Hopes" by Sammy Cahn
& James Van Heusen
"Stella By Starlight" by Ned Washington & Victor Young
"Protection" by Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Grantley
Marshal, Tracey Thorn, performed by Massive Attack
"Love's in Need of Love Today" by Stevie Wonder,
performed by Blackstreet
"L'Amour est une +toile" by RenT Sarvil & Vincent
Scotto, performed by Tino Rossi
"Les Petites Notes" by Liane Foly, Philippe Viennet,
& AndrT Manoukian, performed by Liane Foly
"Closer, Together, Now" by Gordon Driver & Jeff Lams
"Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini, 18th Variation"
by Sergei Rachmaninoff, performed by The London
"Dedicace" by Michel Roger, performed by La Compagnie
"La Vie en Rose" by E. Louiguy & Edith Piaf
"I Wish I Were in Love Again" by Richard Rodgers
& Lorenz Hart
"Love Letters" by Edward Heyman & Victor Young
"Moonlight Becomes You" by Johnny Burke
& James Van Heusen
"My Old Flame" by Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow
"The Shadow of Your Smile" by Johnny Mandel &
Paul Francis Webster
"For All We Know" by Sam Lewis & J. Fred Coots
"I Remember You" by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
"Maude's Fanfare" by John E. Oliver
"Happy Birthday to You" by Mildred J. & Patty S. Hill
"When Joanna Loved Me" Jack Segal & Robert Wells
"Ruf a Dabel Le'Yan" by Sidi Kaddour Al-Alami,
performed by El Hadj Houcine Toulali
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand)" by
Sheldon Secunda, Jacob Jacobs, Sammy Cahn & Saul
Soundtrack available on A&M Records.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
Copyright 1995 Worldwide Productions and Mont Blanc Entertainment GmbH.