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South Pacific (1958)

Unrated | | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emile De Becque
... Ensign Nellie Forbush, USN
... Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC
... Luther Billis
... Bloody Mary
... Liat
Russ Brown ... Capt. Brackett, USN
... The Professor
... Stewpot
... Commander Harbison, USN
Candace Lee ... Ngana - Emile's Child
Warren Hsieh ... Jerome - Emile's Child
... Lt. Buzz Adams
Giorgio Tozzi ... Emile De Becque (singing voice)
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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The one... the only... the original! [1964 USA re-release] See more »

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Musical | Romance | War

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14 April 1958 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Al sur del Pacífico  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,800,000, 31 December 1958
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(35 mm mag-optical prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Capt. Brackett takes great umbrage over an implied slight from Lt. Cable over the virility of older men, claim that "I, in fact, am over 50". Russ Brown, the actor playing Capt. Brackett was, in fact, 66 at the time. See more »

Goofs

Towards the finale of "Nothing Like a Dame", Nellie jogs along and picks up her party dress from Luther although she won't even be invited to the party until several scenes later when she meets Emil. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Bill Harbison: I'm afraid we aren't going to get much out of her. She's obviously in love with him.
Lt. Cable: Oh, that's hard to believe, sir. They tell me he's a middle-aged man.
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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 »

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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Love's Labour Mislaid (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

There is Nothin' Like a Dame
(1949) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Ray Walston and Men's Chorus
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Josh Logan's colour-filter paradise
9 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This slush-fest version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous musical suffers on the small screen because of its constant use of colour filters during the songs. On a big screen, this looks great, but just looks odd on TV.

This aside, though, this film of 'South Pacific' has much to enjoy. Mitzi Gaynor is a bubbly personality and is clearly enjoying herself as Nellie Forbush, 'washing that man out of her hair' and so on. Rossano Brazzi is charming as Emile (the singing is expertly done by Giorgio Tozzi); we can have a pang of regret that Ezio Pinza was seen to be too old to play the role by the time the film appeared - his work with Mary Martin in the original cast survives in cast recordings - but Brazzi looks the part.

John Kerr is a bit of a wet fish as Lt. Cable, while Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary is excellent, and Ray Walston as Luther, and France Nuyen as Liat, make an impression in smaller roles. The musical numbers are done extremely well - 'Bali Ha'i', 'I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy', 'Some Enchanted Evening', 'Younger Than Springtime', and 'Happy Talk' and the rest.

Where the film does flag is in the sequences where Emile and Cable go to the island to report on the Japanese invaders. This was handled rather better in the 1990s remake, and also moves along better in the stage version. Here, it clashes a bit with the romantic overtones of the rest of the production.


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