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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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Jack Mullaney ...
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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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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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur del PacĂ­fico  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm mag-optical prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Two numbers are strung together at the end of the soundtrack album. The Act I Finale is spliced onto the final reprise of "Dites Moi", so that this final track would be longer and the album would end triumphantly with Emile and Nellie reprising "Some Enchanted Evening". This was also done on the 1949 original Broadway cast album. Both the show and the film end with the reprise of "dites Moi", but no singing afterwards, just the orchestral playing. 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: What a pinhead I was!
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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 The Golden Girls: The Impotence of Being Ernest (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Talk
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Juanita Hall (dubbed by Muriel Smith)
Danced by France Nuyen
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Josh Logan's colour-filter paradise
9 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This slush-fest version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous musical suffers on the small screen because of its constant use of colour filters during the songs. On a big screen, this looks great, but just looks odd on TV.

This aside, though, this film of 'South Pacific' has much to enjoy. Mitzi Gaynor is a bubbly personality and is clearly enjoying herself as Nellie Forbush, 'washing that man out of her hair' and so on. Rossano Brazzi is charming as Emile (the singing is expertly done by Giorgio Tozzi); we can have a pang of regret that Ezio Pinza was seen to be too old to play the role by the time the film appeared - his work with Mary Martin in the original cast survives in cast recordings - but Brazzi looks the part.

John Kerr is a bit of a wet fish as Lt. Cable, while Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary is excellent, and Ray Walston as Luther, and France Nuyen as Liat, make an impression in smaller roles. The musical numbers are done extremely well

  • 'Bali Ha'i', 'I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy', 'Some Enchanted Evening',


'Younger Than Springtime', and 'Happy Talk' and the rest.

Where the film does flag is in the sequences where Emile and Cable go to the island to report on the Japanese invaders. This was handled rather better in the 1990s remake, and also moves along better in the stage version. Here, it clashes a bit with the romantic overtones of the rest of the production.


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