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The Sound of Music (1965)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  29 March 1965 (UK)
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.



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In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become ... Written by LOTUS73

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Release Date:

29 March 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music  »

Box Office


$8,200,000 (estimated)


$163,214,286 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Rodgers composed two new songs for the film - "I Have Confidence in Me" and "Something Good". See more »


Prior to singing "Edelweiss" in the drawing room, when Maria first offers the Captain the guitar, he is holding a glass of port in his right hand, he begins to raise his left hand to gesture. The scene cuts to a wider shot and the glass is in his left hand as he raises his right to gesture. See more »


[first lines]
Maria: [singing] The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is played in complete silence. See more »


Referenced in Falling Skies: Ghost in the Machine (2014) See more »


Preludium (Dixit Dominus)
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by the Nun's Chorus
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Hollywood's Last Great Musical
28 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Sound of Music" is an impressive musical that stands above other films of the genre because of interesting characters, top-notch direction, and a truly inspired screenplay. Julie Andrews (Oscar-nominated) stars as the young nun who leaves the convent to become the governess to a large family. She is instantly at odds with the children's father (Christopher Plummer), but they soon fall in love and get married. However, evil forces lurk overhead as the Nazis invade their homeland of Austria. Somewhat based on a true story, "The Sound of Music" is one of those rare musicals that works because there is a sense of fear and drama in the film's final act. This makes the film believable and none of the musical numbers take away from the story or the film's direction. 5 stars out of 5.

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