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Up the Sandbox [Import]
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A woman contemplates trying to tell her husband she is pregnant yet again, her attempts puncuated by her own fears and fantasies.
Though not as successful as What's Up, Doc? or The Way We Were, Up the Sandbox springs from the early 1970s, when Barbra Streisand's career was in full stride. Streisand stars as Margaret, a stay-at-home mom in the middle of New York who's feeling the strain of her narrow life. Frustrated by her self-involved husband and the emotionally rewarding but mentally unstimulating tasks of motherhood, she escapes into fantasies--such as being hit on by a cross-gendered Fidel Castro, bombing the Statue of Liberty with black militants, and having a furious catfight with her overbearing mother. The movie's strength lies in these fantasies' slippery nature; some are over the top, but others are so subtle you're not always sure where they start and stop, making the portrait of Margaret's psyche intriguingly complex. Streisand fans should check out this sleeper. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Margaret Reynolds is not crazy. She's just pregnant again - her third child. And she's very uncertain about this moment in her life and who she has become and what society values from her. So her brain tends to take some flights of fancy.
That is the setup for UP THE SANDBOX, a 1972 film that is directed by Irvin Kershner (LOVING and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) and written by the late Paul Zindel. The film is obviously meant to address the women's movement that was burgeoning at that time. Although some of its themes don't translate well 31 years later, most of the film is still relative and challenging today.
Barbra Streisand's performance as Margaret is incredible. It's one of her best film roles. Barbra strips down, and plays it very natural here. There are only traces of fast-talking-Brooklyn-Barbra; only one or two FUNNY GIRL line readings. The rest is a different Barbra than we've seen. It makes one wonder what other sort of small film roles she could have done -- she's that remarkable in SANDBOX.
SANDBOX won't be for everyone's tastes. When I first saw it in the 1980's I didn't like it. I was confused. The fantasy sequences are not obvious. There are no clichéd Hollywood transitions - no WAYNE'S WORLD "dream sequence" dissolves! The dreams can be confusing.Read more ›
Director Irvin Kershner (best known for directing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) gives the film an eerily abstract, European-like feel that lends UP THE SANDBOX an usual art house-style vibe. This is not a perfect film, however. The pace is almost rigidly slow and, even for a film with a 98 minute runtime, there are scenes that feel endless. Also, several of the fantasy sequences do not parallel the central storyline as well as they were intended to, which throws the film a bit off-balance and making it feel more uneven than it should. Finally, many of the issues the film raises, which were somewhat quaint even in '72, have dated badly when viewed today. But I still praise the film for it's uniqueness, and it's terrific lead performance. In the end, UP THE SANDBOX works as a vehicle for Streisand, and it allows the actress to showcase the quieter side of her brilliance.
About the DVD: The picture quality is very good (light years ahead of the hazy VHS copies), and the mono sound is also fine.Read more ›
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I had never seen this movie and I am a big Streisand fan. Not a bad flick, but not great.Published 15 months ago by Reviewer53
This movie came as a total surprise to me. I've seen every Streisand movie and this one is the one that stands out the most. Not because it's the best but it's the most...strange? Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Patrick
If you missed "Up The Sandbox" at the movies, now is the time to make up for it. The wit in this complex movie exploring a mother's daydreams about the more exciting... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2003 by S. Gould
I won't bore anyone with a long review BUT this is a Barbra you don't often get to see. Take my advise and see it. You won't be sorry. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002 by John T. Borek
I give this film 3 stars but I give Barbra Streisand 5 stars. Her performance is so incredibly touching and honest. Read morePublished on April 18 2002
This is the first film Barbra Streisand's production company produced for herself, aother change of pace role after she did 3 musical Broadway translations, The Owl and the... Read morePublished on July 23 2001 by Peter Shelley
Although this is one of Ms. Streisand's poorest selling films, it is truly ingenious. She co-produced it too! Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2000 by Austin Carroll
It's a film about choices. Choose jealousy, choose controvery, choose adventure, choose abortion? A lonely NYC housewife in the early 70's with 2 children, an ambitious husband... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2000
One can only speculate what would have happened to Streisand the actress had the response to this film would have been different. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 1999