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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.

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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Sing-A-Long With 'The Sound of Music'

It's been 55 years since the hills came alive in The Sound of Music. See our supercut with some of the songs from the classic film.

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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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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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Trivia

There were ten Von Trapps in real life, not seven like there was in the movie and Broadway production. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changed it to seven for their show because they wanted each child to represent one of the notes on the scale in the "Do-Re-Mi" number. See more »

Goofs

When Maria runs away from the Von Trapp Villa just before the intermission, she's carrying her carpetbag and her guitar, so that means she's taking them with her back to the Abbey. After the intermission, the scene is the children playing ball with the Baroness and then singing a song. Max asks Liesl to get the guitar, and it's the exact same Goya guitar that Maria had. It is highly unlikely me that the Von Trapps just happened to have the same make and model guitar that Maria had. 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

When the film was originally released in France, the sequences of the nuns singing "Maria" and the Mother Abbess singing "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" were cut as it was felt by the authorities that nuns singing non religious songs was disrespectful. These two musical numbers were therefore only heard in their "reprise" forms at Maria's wedding (Maria) and the final scene of the film (Climb Ev'ry Mountain). On the 2005 40th Anniversary DVD, the French Singalong version omits subtitles for these two songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fresh Off the Boat: No Apology Necessary (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

My Favorite Things
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by Julie Andrews to the children
Reprised by the orchestra at the party
Danced to by the party guests and the children
Also performed by Andrews with Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath,
when Maria returns as governess
Played as background music often
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Hollywood's Last Great Musical
28 October 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"The Sound of Music" is an impressive musical that stands above other films of the genre because of interesting characters, top-notch direction, and a truly inspired screenplay. Julie Andrews (Oscar-nominated) stars as the young nun who leaves the convent to become the governess to a large family. She is instantly at odds with the children's father (Christopher Plummer), but they soon fall in love and get married. However, evil forces lurk overhead as the Nazis invade their homeland of Austria. Somewhat based on a true story, "The Sound of Music" is one of those rare musicals that works because there is a sense of fear and drama in the film's final act. This makes the film believable and none of the musical numbers take away from the story or the film's direction. 5 stars out of 5.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,497, 9 September 2018

Gross USA:

$159,287,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,423,073
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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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