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

Director:

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 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 (Dame Julie Andrews) is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When Navy Captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) 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 ... Written by LOTUS73

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RADIANCE THAT FLOODS THE SCREEN...AND WARMS THE HEART! See more »


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During pre-production, it was clear to many that William Wyler's heart was not really in it. He was approached midway through pre-production by producers Jud Kinberg and John Kohn who had purchased the movie rights to the John Fowles novel "The Collector" before it had been published. They already had a commitment from Terence Stamp and a first draft screenplay by Stanley Mann. Wyler fell overboard for the script, feeling a much greater affinity with the material than he did with this movie. Consequently, he asked Darryl F. Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck to release him from his contract. They agreed. Fortunately, Robert Wise had been experiencing delays with the production of The Sand Pebbles (1966) and was now at liberty to make the movie. See more »

Goofs

The mnemonic that Maria teaches the children to remember the solfege (do, re, mi) only makes sense in English. In reality, the characters would have been speaking German, in which many of the beginning letters don't match. For example, a female deer in German is called a damhirschkluh. Ray translate to strahl, "me" as "mich," far as "weit," and "sew" as "nahen." 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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Alternate Versions

Home video versions usually display "Entr'acte" on screen during the overture after intermission (45th anniversary in a style matching the intermission card, 30th to 40th anniversary in roman caps over a dissolving series of landscapes, for example). Some film prints have just a blank screen for the entire overture. See more »


Soundtracks

The Sound of Music
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Julie Andrews in a pre-credit sequence
Played during the opening and closing credits
Also performed by Christopher Plummer (dubbed by Bill Lee), Charmian Carr,
Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright,
Debbie Turner and Kym Karath
Reprised by them with Carr playing guitar
Played as background music often
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Beautiful. Best musical film ever.

Not many films can achieve the flat out beauty that you see in The Sound of Music. The mesmerizing European landscapes and Julie Andrews' voice, not to mention the cute performances by the children, especially in their goodbye song, make this film not only the best musical of all time, but one of the best films of all time.

Yes, I did say best musical. Singin in the rain is sewer water compared to this. Not that Singin is a bad musical, but not as good. The Wizard of Oz is learning how to make fire, The Sound of music is inventing the Flying car.

This film is timeless, beautiful, inspiring, and uplifting, but I would advise that anyone who watches this would be mature enough, for anyone under the age of 15 will brush this movie aside, saying it is lame so as to maintain their level of coolness. I saw this happen when I asked my little sisters to watch it with me. They rolled their eyes and said the movie was terrible and boring. If only they understood. You have to have an open mind, and forget everything every little kid has said negative about this film. I never wanted to watch this, but some fellow high school seniors RECOMMENDED it to me. Obviously they had open minds, and they didn't care if they looked cool or not. Please watch this movie. It will make you happy, and it is so beautiful, you will almost cry. I had never really liked musicals, and perhaps I still do not overly enjoy them, but this film in all its beauty cut right through that barrier and took me with it to heaven, which is where it should belong, not on this horrible place where people condemn a musical film for being almost three hours.

To simply conclude, you will never see a more heart-stopping beautiful movie in your life.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,497, 9 September 2018

Gross USA:

$159,287,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,428,329
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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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