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South Pacific (2001)

During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Nellie Forbush
Harry Connick Jr. ... Lt. Joseph Cable
Rade Serbedzija ... Emile de Becque (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Jack Thompson ... Captain George Brackett
Lori Tan Chinn ... Bloody Mary
Ilene Graff ... Singing Ngana
Natalie Mendoza ... Liat
Simon Burke ... Harbison
Steve Bastoni ... Bus Adams
Kimberley Davies ... Luann
Robert Pastorelli ... Luther Billis
Craig Ball Craig Ball ... Austin
Damon Herriman ... Professor
Salvatore Coco ... DeVito
Peter Lamb Peter Lamb ... Bruno


During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war is tearing them apart. Written by Ryan Briggs

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Release Date:

26 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The musical number "Happy Talk" (sung by Bloody Mary) has been cut from this version of the musical because it was considered too politically incorrect. The song is never cut from stage productions of "South Pacific", and was included in the 1958 film version. See more »


The film depicts the military using a Grumman Goose seaplane. The Goose was never used by U.S. forces outside of the U.S. or in any war zone. See more »


Referenced in An Unexpected Love (2003) See more »


A Cock Eyed Optimist
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Glenn Close
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Flat, incredibly flat
1 April 2001 | by alleycat216See all my reviews

This was the most horrible disappointing remake of a musical I have ever seen. After it ended, I stared at the television in mildly catatonic state, thinking "WHAT HAPPENED????" I thought it was not possible to ruin such a lovely musical. I was wrong. To start, most of the characters were incredibly miscast. Glenn Close was way too old for the part of Nelly, but I think her being an executive producer might have had something to do with the casting choice. Nelly Forbush is supposed to be a character we all fall in love with who has vim and vivacity, none of which were seen in Close's portrayal. Her acting also falls so radically short of her previous work. Rade Serbedzija as Emile was also too old(although he matched Close), and he sang like Pepe le Peu gargling with a mouthful of saltwater! He also repeatedly seemed to forget what accent he was supposed to have. Neither of them would be people you would spot "across a crowded room" and fall in love with. I was also extremely disappointed with Harry Connick Jr.s performance as Lieutenant Cable. His acting was well, it wasn't there, and he sang like Barry Manilow on Valium. Robert Pastorelli was also woefully miscast as Luther Billis. Instead of providing us with the comic relief this movie so desperately needed, he merely annoyed and grated on the nerves as a pathetic slob.

Also, who slaughtered the original arrangements?????? I had trouble recognizing "Younger than Springtime" as well as "Some Enchanted Evening", both of which are the most famous songs of the show! The only two numbers that survived were "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair", merely because of the sheer number of people that were singing. How pitiful when the background saves the show.

There were a few redeeming qualities, like a simply hilarious Bloody Mary and a gorgeous Liat. And the scenery was beautiful. But come on, this is a musical. What good are real palm trees in the background, if in the foreground are choir rejects? 2 out of 10

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