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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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 <>

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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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| (roadshow)

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only theatrical film adaptation of a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II stage show to have all the songs intact, with the addition of the song "My Girl Back Home," which was cut from the play before it opened. See more »


When Luther Billis is paddling away from the gunfire, the cable pulling his lifeboat can clearly be seen. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Cosi (1996) See more »


My Girl Back Home
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by John Kerr (dubbed by Bill Lee) and Mitzi Gaynor
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Top 5 in the best Musicals of all Time
18 September 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There aren't many musicals that get better than this! I have to say that my favorite part has to be the very ending when Nellie realizes how stupidly she acted and learns to love the children cause she loves Emil. I cry almost all the time. It just tugs at my heart and it's about what really went on at that time. I love the song I'm gonna wash that Man right out of my Hair. It has a good upbeat turn and corny lyrics to go with it. The songs are joyful and easy to sing along with. I've watched it so much that I can say the lines and start singing the songs before they even do. The first time I saw this I was in love. I remember the first time I was in tears when Emil sang Once nearly was mine. My heart just went out to him. It's differently top five in my book and come highly recommended by me.

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