Trivia / Sabrina

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: #54
  • Bad Export for You: Europe and Australia got the movie on Blu-Ray almost a year earlier than America did, albeit with no bonus features or widescreen option.
  • Box Office Bomb: The remake is a mild version. Budget: $58 million. Box Office: $54 million.
  • Dye Hard: William Holden had his hair lightened blonde for the role of David Larabee.
  • Hostility on the Set: Humphrey Bogart was not a happy man during the making of this film, and his attitude rubbed off on everyone else after a while. Notably, he didn't get along at all with Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder and despised William Holden. Bogart later apologized to Wilder for his behavior on-set, citing problems in his personal life.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Humphrey Bogart is famous for playing hard-boiled, cynic, cool characters. Here, he plays the awkward, withdrawn workaholic Linus.
    • Cynical Billy Wilder seems like a surprising choice for the director/producer/co-writer of a modern (by fifties standards) fairy tale.
  • Romance on the Set: Audrey Hepburn and William Holden fell in love during the making of this film, but Hepburn broke off the relationship on learning that Holden could not have children.
  • Science Marches On: When Sabrina tells the Baron that wanting David to love her feels as difficult as reaching for the moon, he tells her that people have started building rockets to reach the moon.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In the remake, Linus catches up with Sabrina by taking the Concorde, which hasn't flown since 2003.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • The role of Linus was originally meant for Cary Grant, who supposedly rejected the part because he did not want to carry an umbrella onscreen.
    • Bogart wanted his wife Lauren Bacall to play the title role.
  • Working Title: Sabrina Fair. The title was changed in the US so audiences wouldn't link it with highbrow stories like Vanity Fair. Paramount considered changing the film's title to The Chauffeur's Daughter.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants:
    • During production Billy Wilder was continuously working on the script. One day he asked Audrey Hepburn to feign illness so he would have enough time to finish the scene to be shot.
    • Ernest Lehman, whom Paramount borrowed from MGM, worked frantically to complete the script during filming and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. One scene was written during a lunch break and shot that afternoon in seventy-two takes.

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