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The Sound of Music -- Sing-along with your favorite songs in this special Sing-Along Edition!  Rodgers & Hammerstein's cinematic treasure, "The Sound of Music" is the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children - and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
The Sound of Music -- Trailer for The Sound Of Music: 50th Anniversary
The Sound of Music -- Clip: My Favorite Things
The Sound of Music -- A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.

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Director:
Writers:
George Hurdalek (with the partial use of ideas by)
Howard Lindsay (from the stage musical book by) ...
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Release Date:
29 March 1965 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
RADIANCE THAT FLOODS THE SCREEN...AND WARMS THE HEART! See more »
Plot:
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
My favourite movie of all time! See more (406 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Maria

Christopher Plummer ... Captain Von Trapp

Eleanor Parker ... The Baroness

Richard Haydn ... Max Detweiler

Peggy Wood ... Mother Abbess

Charmian Carr ... Liesl

Heather Menzies-Urich ... Louisa (as Heather Menzies)

Nicholas Hammond ... Friedrich

Duane Chase ... Kurt

Angela Cartwright ... Brigitta

Debbie Turner ... Marta

Kym Karath ... Gretl

Anna Lee ... Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson ... Sister Berthe
Ben Wright ... Herr Zeller
Daniel Truhitte ... Rolfe

Norma Varden ... Frau Schmidt
Gilchrist Stuart ... Franz (as Gil Stuart)

Marni Nixon ... Sister Sophia
Evadne Baker ... Sister Bernice
Doris Lloyd ... Baroness Ebberfeld
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gertrude Astor ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alan Callow ... Nazi (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ada Beth Lee ... Sister Catherine (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Doreen Tryden ... Sister Agatha (uncredited)
Maria von Trapp ... Extra during 'I Have Confidence' number (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
George Hurdalek (with the partial use of ideas by) (as Georg Hurdalek)

Howard Lindsay (from the stage musical book by) and
Russel Crouse (from the stage musical book by)

Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Maria von Trapp  book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" (uncredited)

Produced by
Saul Chaplin .... associate producer
Robert Wise .... producer
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
Richard D. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Irwin Kostal (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (film editor)
 
Casting by
Lee Wallace (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt (set decorations) (as Ruby Levitt)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Willard Buell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
Pia Arnold .... assistant production manager: Bavaria (uncredited)
Laci von Ronay .... assistant production manager: Austria (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano .... unit production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Richard Lang .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Anderson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino .... property master (uncredited)
Al Gaynor .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ben Greenberg .... second assistant property master (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... second unit property master (uncredited)
Leon Harris .... art illustrator (uncredited)
Ed Jones .... property master (uncredited)
Harry Kemm .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Paul Vale .... painter (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Corcoran .... sound recording supervisor
Pamela Danover .... dialect coach
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Fred Hynes .... sound recording supervisor
Murray Spivack .... sound
Orrick Barrett .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Buffinger .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jesse Long .... cable operator (uncredited)
Don Stern .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... additional photography
Frank Bez .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Brown .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Dimmack .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Walter Fitchman .... key grip (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Kirkland .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Richter .... best boy (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera technician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Josephine Brown .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Dick James .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist (2010 digital restoration)
Larry Allen .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Oscar Hammerstein II .... from the stage musical with music and lyrics by
Irwin Kostal .... conductor
Irwin Kostal .... music arranger
Irwin Kostal .... music supervisor
Robert Mayer .... music editor
Richard Rodgers .... additional words and music by
Richard Rodgers .... from the stage musical with music and lyrics by
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervisor
Bill Lee .... singing voice: Christoper Plumber (uncredited)
Margery McKay .... singing voice: Peggy Wood (uncredited)
John Norman .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Neely Plumb .... music producer (uncredited)
Douglas O. Williams .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bil Baird .... puppeteer
Cora Baird .... puppeteer
Marc Breaux .... choreographer
Richard Halliday .... originally produced on the stage by
Oscar Hammerstein II .... originally produced on the stage by
Leland Hayward .... originally produced on the stage by
Pamela Matthews .... dialogue coach (as Pamela Danova)
Richard Rodgers .... originally produced on the stage by
Dee Dee Wood .... choreographer
Maurice Zuberano .... second unit supervisor
Alan Callow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Darleen Carr .... additional voice (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Uta Herzog .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Mike Kaplan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Frances Klamt .... location teacher (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Betty Levin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Howard Liebling .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Harper MacKay .... rehearsal accompanist (uncredited)
Lynn McKee .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jean Seaman .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Carol Shapiro .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Larri Thomas .... stand-in: Julie Andrews (uncredited)
 
Thanks
George Hurdalek .... acknowledgment: with the partial use of ideas by (as Georg Hurdalek)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
174 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Japan:G (2015) | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Netherlands:Unrated | Netherlands:AL (1966) | Norway:A (DVD rating) | Norway:7 (original rating) | Peru:PT | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | Sweden:Btl (re-rating) (1966) | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #20734) (original release) | USA:G (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:6 (f) (heavily cut)

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Trivia:
In 2015, The Sound of Music celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the Academy Awards of 2015 (The 87th Annual Academy Awards (2015) (TV)), pop singer Lady Gaga sang a medley of songs "The Sound of Music," "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," and "Climb Every Mountain." Julie Andrews then came out and hugged Lady Gaga. It is believed that Lady Gaga did not know Andrews was there.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During most of the song "Edelweiss", Captain Von Trapp appears to strum the guitar appropriately. We hear the song end with a single chord running from the lowest string to the highest, yet he ends by plucking only the first (lowest) string with his thumb.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gone Home (2013) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Have ConfidenceSee more »

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178 out of 266 people found the following review useful.
My favourite movie of all time!, 12 January 2000
Author: Minty-5 from Sydney, Australia

Watching my Mother dancing and singing to the songs of "The Sound of Music" at the age of five was incredibly disturbing. It was seven years before anyone was able to sit me down in front of the T.V to the musical during the annual telecast in Sydney. Almost to my horror, I was falling in love with the musical. More than two years later, not a single movie has been able to pass it in my favourite movies stakes.

I have made judgemental mistakes with great movies. Greats like "Casablanca", "The African Queen" and "The Wizard of Oz" have originally also been frowned upon.

"The Sound of Music" expanded my horizons on the movie world. I eventually went on to view non-musical classics as a result of this single movie, and now old classic movies have become a genuine passion.

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote their greatest work in the form of their last musical, despite the fact it was "Carousel" that was their favourite. Although the changes made from the original stage production have now been evident in the arrival of the excellent musical currently playing in Sydney, much have been for the better. Throughout their career, the duo created immortal musicals, but in story, song and film, "The Sound of Music" surpasses "The King and I", "Oklahoma!", "Carousel" and "South Pacific" in all aspects.

We all know the story. We know of at least one of the immortal songs from the musical, "The Sound of Music", "My Favourite Things", "Do-Re-Mi" or "Edelweiss". Julie Andrews was believable and unforgettable as the sweet, outspoken novice nun turned governess, who should have taken out the oscar that year. Christopher Plummer was dashing as the Captain, and the supporting cast was one of the best I have ever seen. Fond memories have been remembered from some of the unforgettable sequences of this film that deservedly made it the best picture of 1965.

Yes, there are sugary elements in the movie that cannot be denied. But this movie has never been reliant upon sex, violence or drugs to make it one of the best things to come out of Hollywood. It can be appreciated truly for what it is, pure art, talent and spirit. It is not a real perception of the world nowadays, but for all the joy it brings, who cares?

It was the last movie I expected to love as a fourteen year old. It was also the first movie I watched in seven years that could manage to make me shed tears, and view it in loving admiration which cannot be equalled.

"Singin' In the Rain" is the only other contender to the title of "The greatest movie ever made". Whatever its flaws, "The Sound of Music" is one of the worlds best loved treasures which keeps bringing generations of viewers to its attention.

Rating: 10/10

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