Up 151 this week

South Pacific (1958)

Unrated  |   |  Musical, Romance, War  |  14 April 1958 (Brazil)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 5,774 users  
Reviews: 104 user | 33 critic

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.



(screenplay), (adapted from the play "South Pacific"), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 18 Apr 2011
a list of 29 titles
created 01 Dec 2013
a list of 23 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 35 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "South Pacific" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: South Pacific (1958)

South Pacific (1958) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of South Pacific.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Oklahoma! (1955)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Carousel (1956)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno
South Pacific (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr., Rade Serbedzija
State Fair (1945)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes
The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong
Brigadoon (1954)
Certificate: Passed Fantasy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse
Camelot (1967)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern


Cast overview, first billed only:
Juanita Hall ...
Russ Brown ...
Jack Mullaney ...
The Professor
Floyd Simmons ...
Candace Lee ...
Warren Hsieh ...
Jerome - Emile's Child
Giorgio Tozzi ...
Emile De Becque (singing voice)
Archie Savage ...
Chief - Boar's Tooth Ceremonial Dancer / Ceremonial Dance Chief


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


There is nothing you can name that is anything like... [South Pacific] See more »


Musical | Romance | War


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur del Pacífico  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (roadshow)

Sound Mix:

(35 mm mag-optical prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "South Pacific" opened at the Majestic Theater on April 7, 1949, ran for 1925 performances starring Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush and Ezio Pinza as Emile de Becque, and won the 1950 Tony Award for the Best Musical, Libretto and Score. Both stars won the Tony Award for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. Juanita Hall reprises her role as Bloody Mary in the movie. See more »


When Luther Billis is in the lifeboat being fired upon by Japanese troops, the rear of the lifeboat shows its manufacturing date as 'APR 1956'. See more »


Nellie: What a pinhead I was!
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Only You (1994) See more »


(You've Got to Be) Carefully Taught
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by John Kerr (dubbed by Bill Lee)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

'South Pacific?' It's Terrific.
9 February 2002 | by (Flamborough, Ontario, Canada.) – See all my reviews

When are folks going to give 'South Pacific' an even break? It's a wonderful film. A great big, colourful, emotional wallow, filled with romance, song, splendor, humor, and expert acting. Sure the colour filters are somewhat jarring. Blame it on the awful prints now (and it seems, forever) in circulation. Back in June 1958 the Films and Filming reviewer put it this way, "Logan has hit on the ingenious idea of using colour rather in the way that a composer underscores a films drama with music. As the emotions of his characters find their expression in music, so the cold clear tones of reality dissolve into the warm yellow and red hues of fantasy. I found this a wholly acceptable compromise, and many of the effects (indeed the whole level of the Todd-AO photography) were outstandingly good." Works for me to

  • and goodness knows I've seen them often enough. It also worked for the

millions of cinemagoers who flocked to see the film - over and over again. Mind you, had Logan decided to supervise all aspects of the cutting etc., instead of trotting off to direct 'Blue Denim,' Fox might, possibly, have been persuaded to remove the filters before release? Perhaps, with film preservation on so many agendas these days, some of this colour-filter-exasperation could be channeled in that direction.

Now, regarding all this rubbish about 'South Pacific' being a financial and critical disaster? How? In Great Britain, where it had a four-and-a-half year run at the Dominion Theater in London, it recouped three times its negative cost before going into general release. It ran for three-and-a-half years in Sydney and Copenhagen. For over two years in NYC. It even broke box office records in Salt Lake for goodness sake. And this is just the tip of the successful iceberg. The critics? Sure there were dissenters, there always are, for any film. Most, however, echoed the headline which ran in London's Daily Mirror, 'South Pacific is just terrific.'

Which brings me to my final irritation, the casting of Mitzi Gaynor as Nellie Forbush. The delicious Mitzi is bloody marvelous in 'South Pacific.' She gives a beautifully multi-layered performance filled with truth and honesty. Her Nellie is real, human, and natural. In scene after scene this immensely talented actress subtly conveys, with humor and great sensitivity, her character's ever-changing moods. And, again, from NYC's Daily News to London's Daily Express, by way of Picturegoer and Films in Review, the majority of critcs agreed that, "Mitzi doesn't leave a palm-leaf on the trees when she goes into action."

'South Pacific?' It really is terrific.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the move kept changing colors adam-feightner
what a horrible movie flyingwasp
If not MITZI, then who?? robm256
Cable and Liat, did they... rapunzal28
ROADSHOW VERSION. edward-david
What Always Bothered Me About Emile scarlett_belle
Discuss South Pacific (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: