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South Pacific (1958)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, War | 14 April 1958 (Brazil)
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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.

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Joshua Logan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), Richard Rodgers (adapted from the play "South Pacific") | 3 more credits »
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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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You Have Never Seen South Pacific Until You've Seen It on the Screen! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The love scenes between characters Joe Cable and Liat were considered shocking by the still conservative standards of the late 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Emile is supposed to be a Frenchman, but speaks English, and sings (dubbed) with a heavy Italian accent. See more »

Quotes

Nellie: Do you get letters from your mother telling you that everything you do is wrong?
Lt. Cable: No. My mother thinks everything I do is right. Of course, I don't tell her everything I do.
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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 1999 DVD contains some scenes where the color filters are either more subtle or completely removed compared to previous versions. However, the filters were reinstated for the 2006 DVD and 2009 Blu-Ray. See more »


Soundtracks

My Girl Back Home
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by John Kerr (dubbed by Bill Lee) and Mitzi Gaynor
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been a favorite of mine a long time
3 March 2007 | by widescreenguySee all my reviews

since before internet and IMDb existed so I an unfazed by the snipping trivial criticisms here.

it is basically an very good, not outstanding, effort to show some of the romanticism associated with that terrible event, the war in the pacific.

there are 100s of thousands of islands in that great ocean, can we not believe a bali hai exists undiscovered somewhere, if only in our imaginations? the DVD which I just bought today has the Michner 60 minutes interview. he refused to let the film crew on the island out over the water in the distance. he wanted it to stay an idyll.

cant we all do that? France Nuyen is the most beautiful actress of her generation and a very talented and strongly principled and intelligent lady.

the racism angle has been flogged enough here, suffice to say it is handled fairly accurate in depicting the mood of the times.

and thank you to those who explained what 'road show' version meant.


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