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Can a girl from Little Rock find happiness with a mature French planter she got to know one enchanted evening away from the military hospital where she is a nurse? Or should she just wash that man out of her hair? Bloody Mary is the philosopher of the island and it's hard to believe she could be the mother of Liat who has captured the heart of Lt. Joseph Cable USMC. While waiting for action in the war in the South Pacific, sailors and nurses put on a musical comedy show. The war gets closer and the saga of Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque becomes serious drama. Written by
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Patti Page related in a book that she was among those who tested for the role of Nellie Forbush before Mitzi Gaynor was cast. According to "Hollywood's First Choices," director Joshua Logan's first choice for the role was Elizabeth Taylor, who was a 'hot commodity' in the late 1950s. Taylor wasn't particularly interested in the part, and her lack of singing ability quickly had the producers looking elsewhere. See more »
Tattoo on the stomach of Luther Billis disappears and reappears when he is stranded in the lifeboat. See more »
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Although Rogers and Hammerstein wrote many great musicals, I believe that overall the score of South Pacific is the strongest, producing many 'old standards'.
"There is Nothing' Like a Dame", "Younger than Springtime", "Bali Hai", Gonna Wash that Man Right outa my Hair", and the eternal "Some Enchanted Evening" are major highlights, but many other delightful and strong songs help fill this impressive musical.
Of course there is a love story, but there is also a strong lesson of the dangers of bigotry even for people who would never imagine themselves to be so.
Many have criticized the filters used in camera shots during many songs (and a few other scenes). It was ground breaking at the time, and certainly different. Although I myself would certainly rather see the 'pure colors' of those scenes as well, I can respect the wish of the cinematographer to try something that had really seldom been done in major films, but is a staple of still photography.
Unless you just hate musicals, this is a must see film in its genre.
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