Sabrina vs. Sabrina
July 30, 2009 1:19pm CST
I just finished watching both the original "Sabrina" (1954) and the 1994 remake of the same name. Both have a fairly charming (and similar) plotline: The young daughter of a wealthy family's chauffeur suffers from unrequited love for the younger, irresponsible son, spends some time in Paris, and returns to charm him. Without giving away the ending, I will say that both the original and the remake are crippled by poor casting choices. Audrey Hepburn sparkled in the original, and William Holden was very good as the reckless young rake -- but, much as I love Humphrey Bogart, he was far too old and horribly miscast. His scenes with Audrey Hepburn play as comedy even when they're meant to portray serious emotion. And the remake has the opposite problem. Both Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford are delightful as the irresponsible brother and the serious businessman respectively, but Julia Ormond has none of the sparkle, the brilliance, the innocence that Audrey Hepburn brought to this part. So my question is, do you think a third remake of this film should be attempted? Who would you cast in each of the three main parts? Thanks for any answers.
• United States
30 Jul 09
I was thinking that same thing! She's bright-eyed and young enough to do the part justice! It's a shame she was too young when they made the last one. I would really like to have seen her playing off Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear. Thanks for responding!