Sabrina (1995)

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German title Sabrina
Original title Sabrina
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1995
length 127 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Sydney Pollack
script Barbara Benedek ,
David Rayfiel
production Lindsay Doran ,
Sydney Pollack,
Scott Rudin ,
Ronald L. Schwary
music John Williams
camera Giuseppe Rotunno
cut Fredric Steinkamp

Sabrina is an American comedy film starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond and directed by Sydney Pollack from 1995. It is a remake of the 1954 Billy Wilder film Sabrina based on the play of the same name by Samuel A. Taylor .


The inconspicuous Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of the chauffeur of the Larrabees, a wealthy industrial family who lives on Long Island . The shy girl is madly in love with the younger son of the house, the charming playboy David Larrabee. Her father finally sends Sabrina to Paris to do a photo internship at Vogue . In Paris she grows up to be a confident young woman. When she returns home, David does not recognize the elegant and attractive stranger, but is immediately fascinated by her charm and beauty. Linus, his older brother, recognizes Sabrina right away.

Shortly before, David met Elizabeth Tyson, the daughter of one of Linus' business partners. The two want to get married - at Elizabeth's suggestion. However, Sabrina tempts him to continue his old playboy life. Linus feared the merger of the family business that without the marriage with the smash of Tysons could, making his company a billion dollars of additional profits would lose. To keep Sabrina away from his brother, Linus begins a liaison with her. He flies with her in a private jet to the family 's vacation home on Martha's Vineyard and casually shows her the luxury of the rich. The plan is to distract her from David, seduce her, take her to Paris, and then drop her. He plays for her a lonely, vulnerable man who is actually a generous philanthropist, and Sabrina falls in love with him.

But Linus, the cold-hearted workaholic , whom nobody dares to contradict, succumbs to their magic - nobody has spoken to him so openly and openly. Ultimately, he cannot bring himself to mislead Sabrina and confesses to her his perfidious plan to destroy her relationship with David. The relationship between the two of them, on the other hand, is based only on lies. Deeply injured, she now returns to Paris alone. Only now does Linus become aware of his feelings for Sabrina. Since he believes that Sabrina only loves David, he wants to leave Sabrina to the brother and forego the billion dollar business. But David realizes how his brother's feelings are. He speaks out with Elizabeth and is determined to marry her and make the merger a success. Apparently disinterested in business matters, David, to everyone's surprise, takes over the management of the family business. Released from his obligations, Linus follows Sabrina to Paris, where he is reconciled with her.


Another location for the film: Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre in Paris

Originally, Sydney Pollack did not want to direct the film because he found the material too old-fashioned for the 1990s. When he finally decided to make the film, he made a point of getting approval from Billy Wilder , who directed the 1954 original . Tom Cruise was initially considered for the role of David , while Demi Moore , Gwyneth Paltrow , Julie Delpy and Winona Ryder were considered for the title role .

As in the film adaptation of Billy Wilder, Glen Cove on Long Island was the home of the Larrabees in Pollack's version . Other locations were Park Avenue in Manhattan , the harbor on the island of Martha's Vineyard and the Eiffel Tower , the Stravinsky Fountain at the Center Georges-Pompidou and Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre in Paris .

Sabrina premiered on December 15, 1995 in the United States . The film was released in Germany on January 11, 1996.


The lexicon of international film judged: “Despite (or because of) its contradiction to all trends of today, the film definitely functions as an entertaining game with the traditions of romantic comedy. However, a direct comparison with Wilder's film shows painfully how much the cinematic language of modern Hollywood cinema has lost its richness: Little was left of the magical poetry, moods and dreams of the original. "

For Cinema , the film was "[e] in remake that doesn't have to hide". The film-dienst saw the remake as a "pure fairy tale [...] which [...] works better in some ways than the 40-year-old model". Although the film cannot boast a “modern Audrey Hepburn”, “the game with the traditions of romantic comedy works”.

Janet Maslin of the New York Times went into detail about the differences between the two versions of the film: “Mr. Pollack's new film runs so fiercely against a snobbish and outdated story, against Billy Wilder's National Heritage status and Audrey Hepburn's heartbreaking way of cooing the word 'Paris' with music in his voice, that he runs over it with no difficulty. His 'Sabrina' convinces as a brisk and carefree recourse, without the bonus of the Hepburn magic but to his advantage with many other things. Blossoming in bright colors, this film has a postcard charm that the old black and white film could only hint at. It was also enhanced by a heightened sense of humor. And as for casting, Julia Ormond can't rival Audrey Hepburn's ability to glow in the dark. But she handles a problem with charm that shouldn't be a problem today. "

Pollack, according to Maslin, focused the viewer's interest more on the male protagonist than on the heroine. Without the story losing the sparkling champagne, Pollack gave it more weight by drawing more attention to Linus, the workaholic, the sibling rivalry between the brothers and much more. The idea of ​​Harrison Ford can be compared with other protagonists in Pollack's films, who are just as distant, closed and provided with a hidden attraction ("so quietly dashing") that the other is inclined to overlook their unfriendliness and they are out of their coldness to get out. Harrison Ford shares Redford's skill in hinting at all of this with a wink.


Sabrina received two Oscar nominations in the categories of Best Film Music and Best Song ( Moonlight ). There were three nominations for the Golden Globe Award in the categories of Best Film - Comedy or Musical , Best Actor - Comedy or Musical (Harrison Ford) and Best Film Song ( Moonlight ). At the Grammy Awards ceremony , the comedy film was nominated in the Best Movie Song ( Moonlight ) category. But only Greg Kinnear was able to win the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for the most promising actor.

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating “particularly valuable”.

German version

The German dubbed version was made at Interopa Film in Berlin . Theodor Dopheide wrote the dialogue book and Hagen Mueller-Stahl directed the dialogue .

role actor Voice actor
Linus Larrabee Harrison Ford Wolfgang Pampel
Sabrina Fairchild Julia Ormond Schaukje Könning
David Larrabee Greg Kinnear Charles Rettinghaus
Maude Larrabee Nancy Marchand Bettina Schön
Fairchild John Wood Klaus Jepsen
Patrick Tyson Richard Crenna Norbert Gescher
Ingrid Tyson Angie Dickinson Regina Lemnitz
Elizabeth Tyson Lauren Holly Irina von Bentheim
Mack Dana Ivey Gisela Fritsch
pink Míriam Colón Marianne Lutz
Joanna Elizabeth Franz Edeltraut Elsner
Irène Fanny Ardant Joseline Gassen
Martine Valérie Lemercier Katharina Koschny
Louis Patrick Bruel Marc Altmann
Scott Paul Giamatti Hans Hohlbein


  • Samuel A. Taylor : Sabrina: Comedy in Four Acts ( Sabrina Fair: Or, A Woman of the World: A Romantic Comedy ). Verlag Felix Bloch Erben, Berlin (stage manuscript).
  • Samuel A. Taylor: Sabrina Fair . Dramatists Play Service, 1998, ISBN 0-8222-0979-9 (English edition).
  • Janet L. Meyer: Sabrina . In: Sydney Pollack. A Critical Filmography. McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina 1998, pp. 131-136, ISBN 978-0-7864-3752-8 .

DVD publications

  • Sabrina . Kinowelt GmbH 2003, with trailers, interviews, scenes behind the scenes and documentation Harrison Ford - Reluctant Hero .
  • Sabrina (picture from the Woman's Love Collection) . Kinowelt GmbH 2010, with trailers, interviews, scenes behind the scenes and documentary Harrison Ford - Reluctant Hero .


Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Sabrina. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 9, 2019 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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  5. Janet Maslin : An Ugly Duckling and Her Men 41 Years Later . In: The New York Times , December 15, 1995, accessed November 9, 2019.
  6. Sabrina. In: German synchronous index , accessed on November 9, 2019 .