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
In the original play the Captain and Baroness separate due to ideological differences: the Baroness refuses to stand up against the Nazis, and the Captain refuses to compromise with the Nazis. See more »
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 »
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 20th Century Fox logo is played in complete silence. See more »
When "The Sound of Music" premiered, Rex Harrison was in attendance. At the end of the show, he was asked what he thought of the movie. His answer, "It was the first time in my life that I rooted for the Nazis!"
I saw "The Sound of Music" on stage years ago, and it ran a little over 2 hours. This monstrosity of a film runs almost 3 hours. Talk about padding, and they even cut some of the songs from the stage version. While the stage presentation moved right along to keep your interest, this movie plods along at a snail's pace to bore you to tears. This show has great music, which is presented to much better effect on the Original Broadway Cast Recording with Mary Martin.
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