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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
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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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The one... the only... the original! [1964 USA re-release] See more »

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Musical | Romance | War

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Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur del Pacífico  »

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Budget:

$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

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 »

Goofs

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


Soundtracks

This Nearly Was Mine
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Rossano Brazzi (dubbed by Giorgio Tozzi)
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As Corny As Kansas In August, But High As A Flag On The Fourth of July
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Commence groaning as necessary for that summary, but at least prepare to be dazzled by R&H's most amazing, underrated musical of all time.

The love story is between a spirited young Navy nurse and an older French planter who's afraid of losing anything. While that makes for some very groan-friendly moments, everything is forgiven when you peer through the weird, multi-colored lenses and pay attention to what's actually going on: a fantastic story (besides the romance) is unfolding. It's the story of a world where everything is changing, and the road down that way could not have been better.

There's lots to love here, so don't be distracted by what you can use to maul this movie. The performances are great, the songs are probably the only songs I've never minded having looped in my head that weren't written by Richard O'Brien, and the beauty of the South Pacific is something that would be amazing to behold anywhere from a majestic silver screen to a tiny little kitchen-table TV set.

As far as musicals go, this is one of my all-time favorites and should be the same for more people.


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