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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller
  • Directors: Irvin Kershner
  • Writers: Paul Zindel
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Up the Sandbox" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature length commentary by Barbra Streisand
  • Feature length commentary by director Irvin Kershner
  • "The Moviemakers," a vintage 1972 making-of documentary

Editorial Reviews

A woman contemplates trying to tell her husband she is pregnant yet again, her attempts puncuated by her own fears and fantasies.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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 and a meddling mother loses herself in dreams and fantasies after learning she is pregnant again. I agree it's the only Streisand film that ever made me forget it was Barbra up there. She was truly captivating as Margaret Reynolds. Great scenes of the Upper West Side of New York at a not particularly attractive time. It was a slice of a young woman's life from a very new, challenging, confusing time in our history, especially for women. The story line certainly seems dated and tame now, but at that time it was truly a provocative and contraversial film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matt Howe on July 6, 2003
Format: DVD
Margaret Reynolds has an overactive imagination. She imagines confronting her husband's female coworker; her mother. Margaret imagines blowing up the Statue of Liberty with a dream radical-black-boyfriend. She imagines discovering an African Tribe's secret for painless childbirth. And she imagines speaking out for all women at a press conference, and then discovering Fidel Castro's feminine secret!
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jon sieruga on June 28, 2005
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Barbra Streisand is very good(very un-Streisandy)in this comedic drama about the exploration of an ordinary housewife and mother of two in N.Y.C. whose inner-fantasies explode after finding out she's pregnant for the third time. With a brilliant but busy husband, a harping mother, and a gaggle of girlfriends who mostly worship their men, Streisand's Margaret is confused and conflicted, but not hapless. She's a clever thinker, and the segues into fantasy are slyly done, with many takes on the sexes and role-reversal(the bit with Fidel Castro, and an abortion doctor who could be a man or a woman). I think we're so used to bombastic responses and crazy camera-tricks(from music videos and TV sitcoms)that something quiet and arty like "Up the Sandbox" can go over a lot of viewers' heads(it did in 1972 too). As Streisand's commentary will attest, some of the scenes could have been shaped differently or had more interesting dialogue, but it's a highly original vision, intriguingly directed. And Streisand amazingly slips right into this non-showy role; she's terrific imagining unseen things about a man in an elevator or battling with her domineering mama. She also looks fabulous as photographed by the incomparable Gordon Willis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on August 28, 2003
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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? ...unique? Barbra fits the role perfectly. It shocks me how beautiful she was at that age. She looked amazing! She does such a broad range of acting in this movie. A tiny bit of action, some comedy, drama, romance. She can do it all. My favorite scene is the one where she fights with her mother. That scene is hilarious! This movie is all over the place and it probably would be better if it chose one path to follow but it still works. My biggest complaint is the editing. There's a lot of footage that should have been cut out like the family film scene. That was just boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tenchi Masaki on December 31, 2006
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This is probarly one of Barbra's most underrated films she ever made. The movie is about a young wife & mother, living in New York (where Barbra was born & raised), raising her two children while her husband (David Selby) works day & night as a professor at some college. After Barbra finds out that she is pregnant for the third time, she starts to slip into outrageous fantasies, everything from Fidel Castro being a woman, (which I totally understand now, thanks to Barbra's commentary for the movie) to thinking her husband is having a affair with one of his co-workers at the college. It seems that watching this film I like it more & more each time, for the funny part I knew what was & was not a fantasy, for the reality part I didn't get what was behind the little things that you don't really understand or notice, until you listen to the commentary with Barbra. I really liked this film & up to this point this was Barbra's most dramatic role yet and she is great in it!, so check it out!.
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