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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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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music  »

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$8,200,000 (estimated)

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$163,214,286 (USA)
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During the latter part of the "Lonely Goatheard" number, Friedrich keeps changing positions too quickly to suggest he's moving during the show. See more »

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[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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The Sound Of Mucus: Inside The Head Of A Crazy Person
5 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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Would you like to spend three hours trapped inside the head of a crazy person who cannot tolerate one moment of reality without suffering a nervous breakdown? How about songs that are so dorky and gooey that you feel the strong urge to vomit? Usually, one has to visit an insane asylum to find people this severely disturbed. I was raised in Catholic schools; nuns whale on you with rulers and generally rough you up. Has anyone on earth met nuns like these? The lyrics to the songs are natural emetics. When I say slimy goo, I mean the lyrics are frighteningly disturbed. Make up your own lyrics it is the only way to maintain your sanity. I like: You are brain dead, I'm an idiot, how will we find our way?.., I suggest you try for your stomach's sake. The unrelenting sickly sweet goo that will be slimed all over you; musicals always have some idealization, this is a masterpiece of psychosis, not one scene in the movie is real. Robert Wise did the Motionless Picture which moves faster than this. He evidently suffered some kind of mental breakdown while making the film.

Has he read a history book about the Nazis? See, they do not get out flashlights and spend three hours searching for the Von Craps. No, they line the nuns up and then start shooting them until either they run out of nuns or somebody points out where the Von Craps are hiding. I grew up in a family this large and it is a miracle I am still alive. Parents out there? Is this a realistic picture of raising six children? Are they all lovable, mischievous little angels like this? Please, OK? We are going to vomit. How about mother superior's eardrum shattering rendition of Climb Every Plot Hole? They should have used her on the Nazis. You know, hit high C again honey, just wait for us to get our headphones on first. The fillings in my teeth were rattling with her note. Please, that was not music; it was auditory assault. Did you enjoy seeing a grown man, dressed in lederhosen, crying like a baby over his favorite little white flower? Did you know that about 90% of Austrians were out there cheering Adolph when he took over their country without firing a shot? Please, stop with the revisionism. The whole audience would have grabbed strudel boy and beat the crap out of him. Read a history book, please.

Young people, the movie is the length of your entire life up to this point. Your mind will be assaulted by a world that never has nor ever will exist except in the mind of a crazy or heavily sedated person. It is like being drowned in honey. One gooey, maudlin, lobotomized, insipid song after another. We have the historical insult of making an exception, Von Crap, depicted as typical of all Austrians. Gee, who were all those thousands of people throwing flowers at that crazy paper hanging mass murderer? If they had come into my neighborhood, on those sissy bikes, crooning Do Re I Got To Pee, they better have all their premiums paid up in full. Hey, the world can be a scary place, just one step at a time; it starts by throwing this piece of poop into the nearest garbage can. When you watch this, remember it could happen to you. A little too much sending the positive energy, thinking good thoughts and you will wind up drinking pink lemonade, strumming a guitar and sounding like you are completely insane. WORSE THAN CYANIDE


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