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South Pacific (1958)

Unrated | | Musical, Romance, War | 14 April 1958 (Brazil)
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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The perfect show in TODD-AO! See more »

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Musical | Romance | War

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Al sur del Pacífico  »

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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

During "A Wonderful Guy," there's a part when Mitzi Gaynor's lips aren't synchronized with the music whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Emile de Becque: When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Keeping Up Appearances: The Commodore (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1868) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant" (1868)
Lyrics traditional
Sung by the men during the "Honey Bun" number
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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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