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A young novitiate is sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer.

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Captain Georg von Trapp
The Baroness
Max Detweiler
Mother Abbess
Liesl von Trapp
Louisa von Trapp (as Heather Menzies)
Friedrich von Trapp
Kurt von Trapp
Brigitta von Trapp
Marta von Trapp
Gretl von Trapp
Sister Margaretta
Sister Berthe
Herr Zeller
Frau Schmidt
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Franz (as Gil Stuart)
Sister Sophia
Evadne Baker ...
Sister Bernice
Baroness Ebberfeld
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Herman Boden ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Alan Callow ...
Nazi (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Sister Augusta (uncredited)
Irvin 'Zabo' Koszewski ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Ada Beth Lee ...
Sister Catherine (uncredited)
Bill Lee ...
Captain von Trapp (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Margery MacKay ...
Mother Abbess (uncredited) (singingVoice)
William Meader ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Waiter (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Doreen Tryden ...
Sister Agatha (uncredited)
Maria von Trapp ...
Extra during 'I Have Confidence' number (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Wise

Written by

Georg Hurdalek ... (with the partial use of ideas by)
Howard Lindsay ... (from the stage musical book by) and
Russel Crouse ... (from the stage musical book by)
Ernest Lehman ... (screenplay by)
Maria von Trapp ... (book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers") (uncredited)

Produced by

Saul Chaplin ... associate producer
Robert Wise ... producer

Cinematography by

Ted D. McCord ... director of photography (as Ted McCord)

Film Editing by

William Reynolds ... film editor

Editorial Department

Mark Griffith ... digital intermediate colorist (2010 digital restoration)
John Sellars ... colorist: 65mm HD
Larry Allen ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Lee Wallace ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

Boris Leven

Set Decoration by

Ruby R. Levitt ... (set decorations) (as Ruby Levitt)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

Dorothy Jeakins ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

Margaret Donovan ... hair stylist
Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Willard Buell ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Forman ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Saul Wurtzel ... unit production manager
Pia Arnold ... assistant production manager: Bavaria (uncredited)
Laci von Ronay ... assistant production manager: Austria (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ridgeway Callow ... assistant director
Richard Lang ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

Richard Lawrence ... uncredited
Howard Terpning ... poster artist
Bill Anderson ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino ... property master (uncredited)
Al Gaynor ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ben Greenberg ... second assistant property master (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood ... second unit property master (uncredited)
Leon Harris ... art illustrator (uncredited)
Ed Jones ... property master (uncredited)
Harry Kemm ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Paul Vale ... painter (uncredited)
Maurice Zuberano ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

James Corcoran ... sound recording supervisor
Pamela Danover ... dialect coach
Bernard Freericks ... sound
Fred Hynes ... sound recording supervisor
Murray Spivack ... sound
Gerald W. Alexander ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Orrick Barrett ... boom operator (uncredited)
William Buffinger ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jesse Long ... cable operator (uncredited)
Don Stern ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Adolfo Bartoli ... lighting technician
Paul Beeson ... additional photography
Frank Bez ... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Brown ... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Dimmack ... best boy electric (uncredited)
Walter Fitchman ... key grip (uncredited)
Dave Friedman ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood ... camera operator (uncredited)
James Mitchell ... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Richter ... best boy (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Roger Shearman ... camera technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Josephine Brown ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Dick James ... costumer: men (uncredited)

Location Management

Frances Klamt ... location teacher (uncredited)

Music Department

Benyilem ... musician: soundtrack
Oscar Hammerstein II ... from the stage musical with music and lyrics by
Irwin Kostal ... conductor / music arranger / music supervisor
Robert Mayer ... music editor
Richard Rodgers ... additional words and music by / from the stage musical with music and lyrics by
Robert Tucker ... vocal supervisor
Diane Burt ... additional singing: Von Trapp children (uncredited)
Darleen Carr ... additional singing: Von Trapp children (uncredited)
Muhammad Akibul Islam ... music (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... singing voice: Christoper Plummer (uncredited)
Margery MacKay ... singing voice: Peggy Wood (uncredited)
Sue McBain ... additional singing: Von Trapp children (uncredited)
John Norman ... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Randy Perkins ... additional singing: Von Trapp children (uncredited)
Neely Plumb ... music producer (uncredited)
Sally Stevens ... singer (uncredited)
Douglas O. Williams ... music recordist (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Betty Levin ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Bil Baird ... puppeteer
Cora Baird ... puppeteer
Marc Breaux ... choreographer
Richard Halliday ... originally produced on the stage by
Oscar Hammerstein II ... originally produced on the stage by
Leland Hayward ... originally produced on the stage by
Pamela Matthews ... dialogue coach (as Pamela Danova)
Richard Rodgers ... originally produced on the stage by
Dee Dee Wood ... choreographer
Maurice Zuberano ... second unit supervisor
Alan Callow ... production assistant (uncredited)
Darleen Carr ... additional voice (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Uta Herzog ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Mike Kaplan ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)
Peter Levathes ... studio executive (uncredited)
Howard Liebling ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Harper MacKay ... rehearsal accompanist (uncredited)
Lynn McKee ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jean Seaman ... studio teacher (uncredited)
Carol Shapiro ... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... stand-in: Julie Andrews (uncredited)
Elmo Williams ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Richard D. Zanuck ... studio executive (uncredited)


Georg Hurdalek ... acknowledgment: with the partial use of ideas by
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Plot Summary

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 the Captain is already engaged to a Baroness named Elsa and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German Navy and forced to fight against his own country. Written by LOTUS73

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Also Known As
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's the Sound of Music (United States)
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's the Sound of Music (United Kingdom)
  • La mélodie du bonheur (France)
  • Meine Lieder, meine Träume (Germany)
  • Sonrisas y lágrimas (Spain)
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  • 172 min
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Budget $8,200,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $286,214,286

Did You Know?

Trivia Charmian Carr, who played Liesl, and was twenty-two at the time, wrote in her autobiography that she was attracted to the 35-year-old Christopher Plummer, who played her father. Plummer admitted that the feeling was mutual, but insists that it didn't get beyond mere flirtation. See more »
Goofs The Mother Abbess tells Maria that Captain Von Trapp's wife died "several years ago". A distressing number of people have heard this as "seven years ago" and wonder how she can have given birth to the five-year-old Gretl. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Julie Andrews (1967). See more »
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Crazy Credits The 20th Century Fox logo is played in complete silence. See more »
Quotes Maria: When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.
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