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South Pacific (1958)

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On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), Richard Rodgers (adapted from the play "South Pacific") | 3 more credits »
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossano Brazzi ... Emile De Becque
Mitzi Gaynor ... Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
John Kerr ... Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC
Ray Walston ... Luther Billis
Juanita Hall ... Bloody Mary
France Nuyen ... Liat
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Capt. Brackett, USN
Jack Mullaney ... The Professor
Ken Clark ... Stewpot
Floyd Simmons ... Commander Harbison, USN
Candace Lee Candace Lee ... Ngana - Emile's Child
Warren Hsieh Warren Hsieh ... Jerome - Emile's Child
Tom Laughlin ... Lt. Buzz Adams
Giorgio Tozzi Giorgio Tozzi ... Emile De Becque (singing voice)
Archie Savage Archie Savage ... Chief - Boar's Tooth Ceremonial Dancer / Ceremonial Dance Chief
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Storyline

Can a girl from Little Rock find happiness with a mature French planter she got to know one enchanted evening away from the military hospital where she is a nurse? Or should she just wash that man out of her hair? Bloody Mary is the philosopher of the island and it's hard to believe she could be the mother of Liat who has captured the heart of Lt. Joseph Cable USMC. While waiting for action in the war in the South Pacific, sailors and nurses put on a musical comedy show. The war gets closer and the saga of Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque becomes serious drama. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Taglines:

The one... the only... the original! [1964 USA re-release] See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Al sur del Pacífico See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,800,000, 31 December 1958
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (roadshow)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm mag-optical prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite Juanita Hall playing the part of Bloody Mary in the Broadway production of South Pacific when it came to the film she was dubbed by the Muriel Smith who played the part in the London production. See more »

Goofs

When Luther Billis is paddling away from the gunfire, the cable pulling his lifeboat can clearly be seen. See more »

Quotes

Nellie: Mother says older men are better for a girl than young men.
Lt. Cable: This has been a discovering day for me.
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Crazy Credits

There are probably more dubbed singing voices in this film than in any other screen version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, but the only one which actually receives screen credit is that of Giorgio Tozzi, who dubs the singing voice of Emile de Becque (Rosanno Brazzi). This is because Tozzi was a renowned bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera. See more »

Alternate Versions

The general release version omits references to the wide-screen process Todd-AO, Technicolor (a credit for DeLuxe is shown instead), and the original distributor Magna (replaced by a 20th Century-Fox credit). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Killer Bud (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Talk
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Juanita Hall (dubbed by Muriel Smith)
Danced by France Nuyen
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Beautiful, despite critics' criticisms
16 November 2005 | by lulu18See all my reviews

This is my favorite R&H musical and I play the original Broadway s/t frequently because I love Pinza.

I agree with an earlier poster who commented that Mary Martin was much too old and earthy for the young innocent Nellie. Mitzi Gayner was perfect. I also love the different hues for the singing. It does give the movie a different feel to it.

Of all the R&H musicals, this one was the best to transfer to the screen (with exception of King and I). Too bad they can't find a complete reel of the latter movie.

And my favorite song from the show/movie is This Nearly Was Mine, a heartbreaking song if there ever was one. Pinza breaks my heart on the OBC recording. Tozzi is good, too, but Pinza is the peak.

And R&H were pressured to drop You've Got to be Carefully Taught and they refused. The racial prejudice runs right through the picture without hitting you over the head with it and it was way ahead of its time. But then the book was written by James Michener who had an Asian wife and who knew about prejudice.

I love this movie -- still!


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