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South Pacific (2001)

During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nellie Forbush
Lt. Joseph Cable
Emile de Becque (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Captain George Brackett
Bloody Mary
Singing Ngana
Bus Adams
Kimberley Davies ...
Luther Billis
Craig Ball ...
Peter Lamb ...


During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war is tearing them apart. Written by Ryan Briggs

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Release Date:

26 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "South Pacific" opened at the Majestic Theater on April 7, 1949, ran for 1925 performances starring Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush and Ezio Pinza as Emile de Becque, won the 1950 Tony Award for the Best Musical, Libretto and Score and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1950. See more »


The Grumman Goose seaplane used in the filming had retractable floats. The retractable floats weren't added to the Gooses till the late 1950's. See more »


Version of South Pacific (1958) See more »


Im Gonna Wash That Man Outta My Hair
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Glenn Close and chorus
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Flat, incredibly flat
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was the most horrible disappointing remake of a musical I have ever seen. After it ended, I stared at the television in mildly catatonic state, thinking "WHAT HAPPENED????" I thought it was not possible to ruin such a lovely musical. I was wrong. To start, most of the characters were incredibly miscast. Glenn Close was way too old for the part of Nelly, but I think her being an executive producer might have had something to do with the casting choice. Nelly Forbush is supposed to be a character we all fall in love with who has vim and vivacity, none of which were seen in Close's portrayal. Her acting also falls so radically short of her previous work. Rade Serbedzija as Emile was also too old(although he matched Close), and he sang like Pepe le Peu gargling with a mouthful of saltwater! He also repeatedly seemed to forget what accent he was supposed to have. Neither of them would be people you would spot "across a crowded room" and fall in love with. I was also extremely disappointed with Harry Connick Jr.s performance as Lieutenant Cable. His acting was well, it wasn't there, and he sang like Barry Manilow on Valium. Robert Pastorelli was also woefully miscast as Luther Billis. Instead of providing us with the comic relief this movie so desperately needed, he merely annoyed and grated on the nerves as a pathetic slob.

Also, who slaughtered the original arrangements?????? I had trouble recognizing "Younger than Springtime" as well as "Some Enchanted Evening", both of which are the most famous songs of the show! The only two numbers that survived were "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair", merely because of the sheer number of people that were singing. How pitiful when the background saves the show.

There were a few redeeming qualities, like a simply hilarious Bloody Mary and a gorgeous Liat. And the scenery was beautiful. But come on, this is a musical. What good are real palm trees in the background, if in the foreground are choir rejects? 2 out of 10

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