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South Pacific (1958)

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On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

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The Professor
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Stewpot
Floyd Simmons ...
Candace Lee ...
Warren Hsieh ...
Jerome - Emile's Child
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Giorgio Tozzi ...
Emile De Becque (singing voice)
Archie Savage ...
Chief - Boar's Tooth Ceremonial Dancer / Ceremonial Dance Chief
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Storyline

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 Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur del Pacífico  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Juanita Hall, who played Bloody Mary in the original Broadway production, sang her own songs onstage, but was dubbed in the film version at the request of composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers and musical director Alfred Newman brought in Muriel Smith (who played the Bloody Mary role in London). See more »

Goofs

In the first scene between Nellie and Luther Billis (during the song "There is Nothing Like a Dame"), Luther's shirt unbuttons and rebuttons itself several times. See more »

Quotes

Nellie: [referring to racial prejudice] This is something that's born in me!
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Crazy Credits

There are probably more dubbed singing voices in this film than in any other screen version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, but the only one which actually receives screen credit is that of Giorgio Tozzi, who dubs the singing voice of Emile de Becque (Rosanno Brazzi). This is because Tozzi was a renowned bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera. See more »

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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Doodle (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Bloody Mary
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Men's Chorus
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Possibly the most complete musical ever made
28 February 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

While I was too young to have seen the original Broadway production - and thus that might account for the previous criticism posted above - I think the fault lies with the reviewer (seeing a 1950's musical in 1990's terms).

The lighting, so criticized, added and accented the moods of the film as few films did at the time. The music, possibly without match in an American musical, fit the moods equally well - taking the viewer from the high tensions of the Young Lovers or of the eventual return of Emile. At the same time, the bawdy humorous numbers add temporary humor while the tension of the story line mounts.

Socially, the themes of race and general human cruelty are delivered to the audience without them even noticing. Something in which so many of the modern-day productions fail miserably.

Truly the most complete American musical on many levels!


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