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The Sound of Music (1965)

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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

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Robert Wise

Writers:

George Hurdalek (with the partial use of ideas by) (as Georg Hurdalek), Howard Lindsay (from the stage musical book by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Maria
Christopher Plummer ... Captain Von Trapp
Eleanor Parker ... The Baroness
Richard Haydn ... Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood ... Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr ... Liesl
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Louisa (as Heather Menzies)
Nicholas Hammond ... Friedrich
Duane Chase ... Kurt
Angela Cartwright ... Brigitta
Debbie Turner ... Marta
Kym Karath ... Gretl
Anna Lee ... Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson ... Sister Berthe
Ben Wright ... Herr Zeller
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Storyline

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become ... Written by LOTUS73

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Taglines:

A Christmas welcome back to the happiest holiday sound.... [re-release Australia Christmas 1971] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$163,214,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,214,286
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original German theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| DTS (re-release) (1995)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (1995)| SDDS (re-release) (1995)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Wise initially considered Victor Borge, Noël Coward, and Hal Holbrook for Max Detweiler. See more »

Goofs

When Maria and the children come back from their day of play and are singing inside, they decide who is next to sing; Captain Von Trapp. When Maria hands the Captain her guitar, it has no strings on it. While he is playing and singing, the strings will appear then disappear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maria: [singing] The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
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Crazy Credits

Salzburg, Austria, in the last Golden Days of the Thirties See more »

Alternate Versions

Most television airings also delete part of sequence in which the von Trapps hide in the abbey cemetery, specifically, where Gretl asks Maria if they should sing at that moment. In addition, the scene in which the Captain and the Baroness call off their engagement omits all of the dialog leading up to the Captain saying it's no use. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gone Home (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Preludium (Dixit Dominus)
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by the Nun's Chorus
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"The hills are alive with the sound of music..."
19 September 2017 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a music romantic drama film which, through melodic and sentimental story, shows us a rhapsodic family. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical of the same name. The opening sequence is one of the most beautiful in the history of cinema. A charming scenery, with the musical score, is the biggest asset of this film.

The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers. Maria is a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing and enjoy in nature. Her imagination and lack of discipline cause some concern among the nuns. The Mother Abbess, believing Maria would be happier outside the abbey, sends her to the villa of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp to be governess to his seven children. Arriving at the Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and harsh with his children. A young nun wants to change the condition in the house and returns a smile on the face of children, however, she falls into a sweetest life trap ...

A fictional reality flashing on all sides. Simply, it is hard to make sense. A warm and colorful family story is out of control. There are funny nuns, rich man with two faces, modest Baroness and an interesting fraud. A delicious lie in which song makes dreams come true.

Julie Andrews as Maria is "mischievous" nun full of enthusiasm and energy. Her character is attractive and lively while she sings. However, what is worse, she becomes an uninteresting character in the second part of the film, because she could not bring their feelings in a pale romance. Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp is a firm hand, which quickly opens and turns into a frivolous grimace.

Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler is a harmless impostor who sees all and slyly silent. Eleanor Parker as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder is a nice and fragile character. The children are very entertaining.

No matter what, if you like to sing and dance in a quiet night, this is the movie for you.


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