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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.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), Richard Rodgers (adapted from the play "South Pacific") | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ... Jerome - Emile's Child
Tom Laughlin ... Lt. Buzz Adams
Giorgio Tozzi Giorgio Tozzi ... Emile De Becque (singing voice)
Archie Savage ... Chief - Boar's Tooth Ceremonial Dancer / Ceremonial Dance Chief
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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 »

Genres:

Musical | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The bare-chested sailor who begins singing the "There is Nothing Like a Dame" number - "We got sunlight on the sand" - is Ed Fury, future star of several sword-and-sandal movies. See more »

Goofs

The appearance of African Americans as Seabees is not an error. Over 12,000 such sailors served in the Construction Brigades, despite segregation in other parts of the WWII military. See more »

Quotes

Nellie: What a pinhead I was!
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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 UK cut of the film begins with the first scene of Nellie and Emile at the plantation, and then the first Seabees scene, as was done originally on Broadway. US distributor 20th Century Fox decided to rearrange the two sequences, thus opening the film with "Bloody Mary". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Younger Than Springtime
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by John Kerr (dubbed by Bill Lee)
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Josh Logan's colour-filter paradise
9 May 2004 | by didi-5See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 April 1958 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

South Pacific See more »

Filming Locations:

Moorea, French Polynesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,350, 26 August 2018

Gross USA:

$458,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$458,000
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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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