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Up the Sandbox (1972)

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Paul Zindel (screenplay), Anne Richardson Roiphe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Margaret Reynolds
David Selby ... Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller Ariane Heller ... Elizabeth Reynolds
Terry Smith Terry Smith ... Peter
Gary Smith Gary Smith ... Peter
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales Jacobo Morales ... Fidel Castro
Paul Benedict ... Dr. Beineke
George S. Irving ... Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Aunt Till
Carl Gottlieb ... Vinnie
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... John
Mary Louise Wilson ... Betty
Marilyn Curtis Marilyn Curtis ... Judy
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A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange transformations, and joining terrorists to plant explosives in the Statue of Liberty. Written by Anonymous

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What's Barbra up to? Up the marriage trap. Up the revolution. Up the Zambesi River. And up to something surprisingly wonderful. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher das Mil Caras See more »

Filming Locations:

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First cinema movie that Barbra Streisand made with her then new production company "First Artists" which she formed with Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Sidney Poitier. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Reynolds: If this is what being a mother is like, I turn in my ovaries!
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Crazy Credits

Most of the opening titles are shown over a close-up shot of an infant's buttocks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Massage Parlor Murders! (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Heard at the merry-go-round
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One of Barbra's best
7 March 2003 | by rdvinctSee all my reviews

This is One of Barbra's finest movies and, ironicly, did the poorest at the box office. After playing larger than life characters in her last 5 films, here Barbra plays a "normal", regular human being. A bored New York housewife who uses daydreams to escape from her unfullfulling life. There are many touching and heartfelt moments in this film, as well as very funny ones. It is a comedy/drama with depth and dimmensions. In one scene Barbra stands up to Fidel Castro with her views on womanhood and war.Yet, a little later the two have a hystericly funny scene where he reveals a "secret" to her. Barbra stands up to her domineering mother,unexpectedly, at her parents anniversary party, and...lets just say that someone ends up with something other than egg, on their face! The moments where Barbra is washing and lovingly taking care of her children, as well as the moments where she is in an abortion clinic pondering her thoughts, are heartfelt indeed. A wonderfully different and heartfelt, funny movie. I highly recommend it.


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