December 18, 1995 -- ``Sabrina'' is, of course, a remake of the 1954 Billy Wilder romantic comedy that starred Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. I can't really compare the two, having never seen the original.
This incarnation of the story stars Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and talk show host Greg Kinnear. Ford plays Linus Larrabee, a repressed billionaire executive, and Kinnear plays his playboy brother David. Ormond plays the chauffeur's klutzy daughter Sabrina who takes a trip to Paris and comes back transformed into an irresistible beauty, pursued by both men.
Ormond played a similar character in the tragic ``Legends of the Fall,'' but this time she's in a romantic comedy. The three lead actors all do a fine job as they weave their way through this intricate story.
The screenplay, by Barbara Benedek and David Rayfiel, is a very effective updating of an old rags-to-riches tale, being careful not to suggest that a woman needs to find a rich man in order to be happy. Director Sidney Pollack (``Tootsie'' and ``Out of Africa'') shows his usual sure hand with romance here. This film rates a B.
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