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Up the Sandbox (2003)

Barbra Streisand , David Selby , Irvin Kershner  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,101 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

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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.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra's Best Acting February 5, 2000
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Sandbox July 6, 2003
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Slyly subtle art movie is sometimes alienating... June 28, 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow August 28, 2003
By Patrick
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, Overlooked, Underrated, Controversial I Think December 31, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Mulekickmo
5.0 out of 5 stars yes good movie for old movie
I like the movie since the times seem the same - recession style issues.
I love David Selby - a VERY hansom guy.
Published 4 months ago by jean davis
5.0 out of 5 stars babs
Good movie hard to follow until you realize she dreaming love her any way. Comment on aborshion is quiet interesting
Published 17 months ago by SUZQ
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Barbras best films ever.
I don't think there is a streisand film as good as this one.made in 1972 during the second wave of feminism a woman tries to find her way in the womans lib era yet be herself... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joey T
5.0 out of 5 stars "Barbra Is Funny, But An OK Film"
By the time Barbra Streisand did "Up The Sandbox" in 1972 she really wanted to be a comedic actress, a turn for her as she wanted to be seen by Hollywood producers who could do... Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Terrance Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars ESCAPING A HUMDRUM EXISTENCE....
Margaret Reynolds is a NY housewife living the crazy, multi-tasking life of a young mother during the 1970s. Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by Laurel-Rain Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
This movie is about a woman who is not entirely happy with her life, of course she loves her family but she wants more, and if she finds out she is pregnant again, the question is... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by D. Krajcar
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Age Story and A Fantastic Barbra
An excellent dramatic turn! No one ever doubted Barbra Streisand's ability with a song. No one doubted her comedic talents after seeing her in Funny Girl and then Hello Dolly. Read more
Published on August 29, 2008 by Joseph Albanese
1.0 out of 5 stars Barbra's Worst
I love Barbra Streisand and I couldn't believe just how bad this movie was. I was very disappointed but would have bought it anyway to add to my collection.
Published on May 13, 2007 by Nubbin Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated Dramedy With Streisand Superb as a Confused Wife and...
It's a shame that this 1972 dramedy is not better remembered because it holds up quite well and probably contains Barbra Streisand's most impressive performance in a contemporary... Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Ed Uyeshima
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