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Die Trapp-Familie (1956)

A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love, Maria leaves the convent and they marry. Under Maria's guidance the family ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Leuwerik ... Baronin Maria von Trapp
Hans Holt ... Baron von Trapp
Maria Holst ... Prinzessin Yvonne
Josef Meinrad ... Dr. Wasner
Friedrich Domin ... Gruber, Bankier
Hilde von Stolz ... Baroness Mathilde
Agnes Windeck Agnes Windeck ... Äbtissin
Gretl Theimer ... Köchin
Liesl Karlstadt Liesl Karlstadt ... Raphaela
Karl Ehmann Karl Ehmann ... Diener
Hans Schumm ... Petroff
Joseph Offenbach Joseph Offenbach ... Samish
Peter Capell ... Ellis Island Officer
Michael Ande Michael Ande ... Werner von Trapp
Knut Mahlke Knut Mahlke ... Rupert von Trapp


A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love, Maria leaves the convent and they marry. Under Maria's guidance the family becomes a nationally-acclaimed singing group, but when the Baron is comissioned to join Hitler's army the family flees to the United States where they endeavour to become established as singers once again. Based upon the true story of the Von Trapp family. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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The Happy, True, and Wonderfully Uplifting Story of the Beautiful Girl Who Left Her Convent To Give Her Love to a Man-And Her Songs to the World...All the More Wonderful Because All of It Is True...!


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Release Date:

19 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Família Trapp See more »

Filming Locations:

Murnau, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Divina-Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp. See more »

Alternate Versions

The English-language version released by Fox under the title "The Trapp Family" is actually a compilation of footage from both this film and the sequel, "Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika." See more »


Version of The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Huge money-making hit of yesteryears
23 July 2004 | by MauriceDeSaxeSee all my reviews

Just when everybody thought that German post-war cinema was on the downward hill financially, along came this warm, often tender, sometimes touching, colorful hit of gargantuan proportions.

Produced on the lavish side, with Germany's top box-office attraction, regal Ruth Leuwerik in the lead, 'Die Trapp Familie' broke all records, second only to 'Schwarzwaldmaedel' as Germany's most popular Heimatfilm and easily became the biggest hit in Miss Leuwerik's chain of successes.

Largely forgotten today, the pic holds up quite well. The story is not too exciting, there's nothing that might offend blue-noses and all takes place against an pastoral background of green meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Ruth Leuwerik does what she can with the wafer-thin part and her warmth and natural beauty prevent the whole thing form being too syrupy.

Interesting sideline: while 'The Sound of Music', a lavish musical version of the same story, broke box-office records in 1965 all over the world, it flopped miserably in Germany and Austria, still faithful to 'Die Trapp Familie'.

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