The Sandpiper 

Story: A married minister has an affair with a free-spirited artist.

Scenery: Exterior scenes filmed almost entirely in Big Sur including scenes at Nepenthe's and Pfeiffer Beach. Elizabeth Taylor's beach house was a set built on Garrapata beach, just south of Yankee Point. There are also a few night scenes in downtown Monterey.

Also of local interest: For the duration of the filming, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stayed at a private home in Monterey that now houses the La  Mirada branch of the Monterey Museum of Art.


  • Director: Vincente Minelli
  • Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson.


  • Year: 1965
  • Studio: MGM
  • Film: color (Metrocolor)
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
  • Sound: mono
  • Running time: 116 min.
  • Academy Awards: Best song "The Shadow of Your Smile"


Information compiled from:
The Monterey Herald,
the Monterey County Film Commission, Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide,
the Internet Movie Database,
and other sources.

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