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The Sound of Music [1965] (1 disc)

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Director:Robert Wise
Writer:Ernest Lehman
Composer:Irwin Kostal
Richard Rodgers
Saul Chaplin
Songs:Ernest Lehman
Oscar Hammerstein II
Richard Rodgers
Length:174 minutes
(2 hours 54 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Romance
  • Family
  • Comedy
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Synopsis: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.


Reaction: A classic with several very memorable scenes. A bit long for some of today's audiences, but you won't regret watching this one.


Personal Rating: 9/10

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Robert Wise => Director
Ernest Lehman => Writer / Songs
Irwin Kostal => Composer
Richard Rodgers => Composer / Songs
Saul Chaplin => Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II => Songs
Howard Lindsay => Stage Musical Book
Maria von Trapp => Book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers"
Russel Crouse => Stage Musical Book
Ada Beth Lee => Sister Catherine (uncredited)
Angela Cartwright => Brigitta
Anna Lee => Sister Margaretta
Ben Wright => Herr Zeller
Charmian Carr => Liesl
Christopher Plummer => Captain Von Trapp
Daniel Truhitte => Rolfe
Debbie Turner => Marta
Doreen Tryden => Sister Agatha (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd => Baroness Ebberfeld
Duane Chase => Kurt
Eleanor Parker => The Baroness
Evadne Baker => Sister Bernice
Gilchrist Stuart => Franz (as Gil Stuart)
Heather Menzies-Urich => Louisa (as Heather Menzies)
Julie Andrews => Maria
Kym Karath => Gretl
Marni Nixon => Sister Sophia
Nicholas Hammond => Friedrich
Norma Varden => Frau Schmidt
Peggy Wood => Mother Abbess
Portia Nelson => Sister Berthe
Richard Haydn => Max Detweiler

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Julie Andrews sang "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to the children in the cast to entertain them between shooting. Since Mary Poppins hadn't yet been released, they just thought she'd made up the song for them.
  • Charmian Carr who played Liesel and was 21 at the time, wrote in her autobiography that she was attracted to the 35 year old Christopher Plummer, who played her father. Plummer admitted that the feeling was mutual, but insists that it didn't get beyond mere flirtation.
  • Christopher Plummer admits on the DVD commentary that he was drunk during the shooting of the music festival sequence.
  • Christopher Plummer intensely disliked working on the film. He's been known to refer to it as "The Sound of Mucus" or "S&M" and likened working with Julie Andrews to "being hit over the head with a big Valentine's Day card, every day." Nontheless, he and Andrews have remained close friends ever since.
  • When Maria is running through the courtyard to the Von Trapp house in "I Have Confidence", she trips. This was an accident; however, director Robert Wise liked this so much that he kept it in the movie. He felt it added to the nervousness of the song and of the character.
  • Julie Andrews had to learn how to play the guitar especially for the film.
  • The house that was used as the Von Trapp home was actually owned by actress Hedy Lamarr.
  • Julie Andrews nearly turned down the role of Maria Von Trapp, fearing the character was too similar to her role in Mary Poppins.
  • When the film was released in South Korea, it did so much business that some theaters were showing it four and five times a day. One theater owner in Seoul tried to figure out a way to be able to show it even more often, in order to bring in more customers. So he cut out all the musical numbers.
  • The song "Edelweiss" was written for the musical and is little known in Austria. The song was the last that Oscar Hammerstein II wrote before his passing in 1960.
  • [?] Grace Kelly was considered for the part of the Baroness. However, she had retired from acting when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco and was not open to offers to return to her former profession.
  • Although Christopher Plummer's own vocals were in fact recorded, it was subsequently decided that he should be dubbed.
  • The main reason the film was not shown inside Germanic Europe is because of the serious historical inaccuracy to both the Anschluß of Austria and the Nazi Party being portrayed inaccurately, just in general. Even before it came out, Hedy Lamarr warned the studio not to show it inside Germanic Europe, because she knew how the men, especially, would react, but the studio executives laughed her off. Several other famous Germanic Europeans also did not take kindly to the film, becoming quite vocal, including: Peter Lorre, who had seen the Broadway play, [?] Marlene Dietrich, Eva Gabor, Billy Wilder, Audrey Hepburn, [?] Werner Klemperer, [?] John Banner, [?] Fritz Lang, [?] Karl Freund, [?] Robert Clary and [?] Erich Pommer. It is what caused the studio to pull the film from cinemas six months before they intended to, causing them to actually lose money on its first release. It was not until the late 1970s when the film would actually break even.
  • The day after the von Trapp family left Austria (by train to Italy, not trekking over the mountains to Switzerland as the film depicts), Adolf Hitler ordered the borders of Austria to be shut.