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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:

The hills are alive. With the sound of music. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

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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

Among kids who auditioned to play one of the Von Trapp children were Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Veronica Cartwright, and the four eldest Osmond Brothers (Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Wayne Osmond). Dreyfuss couldn't dance. See more »

Goofs

The actual notes are Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol (not So), La, Si (not Ti). Some Anglo-Saxon countries use Ti (so every note starts with a different letter) and So (so every note has two letters). 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

Another scene cut in the NBC version is the scene where the children ask their father about Maria leaving. The entire part about the pink lemonade is edited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken/Joan Osborne (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Good
(1965) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers
Sung by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (dubbed by Bill Lee)
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Fantastic family friendly musical classic
26 October 2017 | by davispittmanSee all my reviews

The Sound of Music (1965) is an all time classic family musical that has always been one of my favorites. Ever since I was child, I would watch this movie and just love every minute of it. This movie really was destined for greatness from the beginning, anyone at all could have seen that. Between the A list cast, great performances, top notch singing, and the enchanting story.... there's no wonder people still love it to death. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, who is a nun, but not a very good one, and she gets sent to be a governess to the Von Trapp family. The Von Trapp family is a very well to do family in Austria. The father is a former captain and the mother died some time ago. Christopher Plummer plays captain Von Trapp, and he does a great job. Every member of the cast does a great job with their performances, both singing and non. The singing alone in this film is just astounding, every single musical number is just as good, if not better than the previous one. If you do not care for musicals, then I wouldn't really suggest this movie to you. It really is a lot of singing, but it is great singing by talented artists, which is really why it will forever have a place in classic great cinema. 10/10 for The Sound of Music. Enchanting story with lovely entertaining music.


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