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The Trapp Family (1956)
"Die Trapp-Familie" (original title)

 -  Family | Romance | Comedy  -  19 April 1961 (USA)
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A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love, Maria leaves the convent and they marry. Under Maria's guidance the family ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Leuwerik ...
Hans Holt ...
Maria Holst ...
Josef Meinrad ...
Dr. Wasner
Friedrich Domin ...
Gruber, Bankier
Hilde von Stolz ...
Baroness Mathilde
Agnes Windeck ...
Gretl Theimer ...
Liesl Karlstadt ...
Karl Ehmann ...
Hans Schumm ...
Joseph Offenbach ...
Peter Capell ...
Ellis Island Officer
Michael Ande ...
Knut Mahlke ...


A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love, Maria leaves the convent and they marry. Under Maria's guidance the family becomes a nationally-acclaimed singing group, but when the Baron is comissioned to join Hitler's army the family flees to the United States where they endeavour to become established as singers once again. Based upon the true story of the Von Trapp family. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <>

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The Happy, True, and Wonderfully Uplifting Story of the Beautiful Girl Who Left Her Convent To Give Her Love to a Man-And Her Songs to the World...All the More Wonderful Because All of It Is True...!


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19 April 1961 (USA)  »

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A Família Trapp  »

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Huge money-making hit of yesteryears
23 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Just when everybody thought that German post-war cinema was on the downward hill financially, along came this warm, often tender, sometimes touching, colorful hit of gargantuan proportions.

Produced on the lavish side, with Germany's top box-office attraction, regal Ruth Leuwerik in the lead, 'Die Trapp Familie' broke all records, second only to 'Schwarzwaldmaedel' as Germany's most popular Heimatfilm and easily became the biggest hit in Miss Leuwerik's chain of successes.

Largely forgotten today, the pic holds up quite well. The story is not too exciting, there's nothing that might offend blue-noses and all takes place against an pastoral background of green meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Ruth Leuwerik does what she can with the wafer-thin part and her warmth and natural beauty prevent the whole thing form being too syrupy.

Interesting sideline: while 'The Sound of Music', a lavish musical version of the same story, broke box-office records in 1965 all over the world, it flopped miserably in Germany and Austria, still faithful to 'Die Trapp Familie'.

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