Sabrina: Finding love for the first time
Years and years ago, as a teenager of the last century, when VHS and
not DVD was the format in which films were watched at home, there were
some truly great romantic comedies which I now yearn to see again.
Maybe its nostalgia or maybe it's simply the quality of the
storyline, the acting and the overall cinematic excellence that was
achieved by the film-makers.
The film Sabrina starring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg
Kinnear in the lead roles, is one such film.
Directed by Sydney Pollack, it is a remake with some adaptations of
the 1954 black and white film Sabrina Fair which had Humphrey Bogart and
Audrey Hepburn in the lead roles, which too I incidentally watched back
in the last century on VHS.
The 1995 remake has Julia Ormond playing the beguiling Sabrina
Fairchild the young daughter of the chauffeur to the Larrabee.
Sabrina secretly has been in love with David Larrabee (played by Greg
Kinnear) the younger of the Larabee brothers, all her life. But David is
a playboy, with strings of love affairs that has him flitting form one
love to another, and doesn't really notice the chauffeur's daughter.
But after Sabrina travels to Paris for a fashion internship at the
world famous Vogue magazine and returns as an attractive, sophisticated
woman, David, after initially not recognising her, is besotted by her.
However, one of the barriers that now confront him is that he is
newly engaged to Elizabeth Tyson, a doctor of whose family wealth and
status David's elder brother Linus (played by Harrison Ford) approves
Linus who is very much the man in charge, running the family business
inherited from their father and ensuring that their wealth continuously
grows, fears that David's wedding to Elizabeth might be at jeopardised
because of Sabrina. If the marriage doesn't take place, a lucrative
merger with the bride's family business, Tyson Electronics, is also at
This could cost the Larrabee Corporation, close to a billion dollars
Linus tries to distract Sabrina's affections away from Linus and to
himself and it works. Sabrina falls in love with him despite everyone
thinking that he is a money minded workaholic with no depth of emotions.
However, the tables turn and Linus finds himself falling for Sabrina.
Reluctant to admit his feelings for her, Linus confesses his scheme to
Sabrina at the last minute and sends her back to Paris.
Before she gets on the plane to Paris, her father reveals to her that
during the years of driving the father of David and Linus, he was able
to pick up stock market tips from Larrabee senior and has made over two
million dollars and assures her that all those years he and her mother
ensured for her future.
Linus, however, on realising that he is making a mistake in letting
her go and wants to express his true feelings for her is persuaded to
follow her to Paris by chiding from his mother and also David.
The story ends with David confirming his nuptials with Elizabeth and
steps into take the burden of running the family business off Linus's
shoulders allowing him to better enjoy life having for the first time in
his life found love.