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The Sound of Music (1965)

 -  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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A Christmas welcome back to the happiest holiday sound.... [re-release Australia Christmas 1971] See more »


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29 March 1965 (UK)  »

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$163,214,286 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two years before the musical made its Broadway debut, Paramount bought the rights to the Von Trapp Singers story, intending to cast Audrey Hepburn as Maria. When Hepburn declined, Paramount dropped plans for a film. See more »

Goofs

At the wedding, Captain Von Trapp wears a uniform with 3 gold sleeve stripes and a circle. This is the insignia of a senior lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian Navy. His sleeve should have had 1 wide stripe with 1, 2 or 3 narrow stripes plus the circle, depending on how senior a captain he was at his retirement. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

My Favorite Things
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by Julie Andrews to the children
Reprised by the orchestra at the party
Danced to by the party guests and the children
Also performed by Andrews with Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath,
when Maria returns as governess
Played as background music often
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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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