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The Sound of Music
- Julie Andrews

Overview - Shot in Salzburg against the majestic Bavarian Alps, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered one of the greatest screen musicals ever made. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise), the film, based on a real family and their true events, tells the story of a young postulate, Maria (Julie Andrews), who, after proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, is sent off to work as a governess to seven unruly children.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Shot in Salzburg against the majestic Bavarian Alps, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered one of the greatest screen musicals ever made. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise), the film, based on a real family and their true events, tells the story of a young postulate, Maria (Julie Andrews), who, after proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, is sent off to work as a governess to seven unruly children. The Von Trapp family is run, in military style, by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely widowed naval officer. Seeing how badly he and his children need companionship, he proposes to the Baroness Schraeder (Eleanor Parker), a calculating, mutual friend of beloved family friend Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn). It is the baroness who soon realizes that it's Maria--with her warmth and love for the children--the captain really loves. It is nearly bliss for the newly formed family who loves to sing together--except for the cloud looming over their beloved Austrian horizon: Hitler is ascending to power, forcing Von Trapp to decide whether to join the Nazi party--which he loathes--or force his family to leave their home forever. One of the most memorable scores ever written (by Rodgers and Hammerstein) and breathtaking performances by Andrews, Plummer, and the seven children mark this classic as one of the world's most favorite films.

Awards:
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1965 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner

Cast List

Dee Dee Wood - Choreographer
Peggy Wood - American Character Actress
Richard Haydn - British Actor/Director
Heather Menzies - American actress, 1960s-1980s. PIRANHA (1978)
Robert Wise - Oscar winning Director/Producer/Editor, WEST SIDE STORY
Robert Wise Jr. - Oscar winning Director/Producer/Editor, WEST SIDE STORY
Irwin Kostal - Composer/Music Director
Saul Chaplin - American Composer/Producer
Angela Cartwright - Actress, LOST IN SPACE (1965), THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Eleanor Parker - American Actress
Nicholas Hammond - Peter Parker/Spider-Man of TV's "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Ted McCord
Emil Jr. Kosa
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Richard Rodgers - Composer
Norma Varden - British Character Actress
Christopher Plummer - Canadian Actor
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer - Canadian Actor
L. B. Abbott - Special Visual Effects
Walter M. Scott - American Set Decorator
Ben Wright - Actor/Journey To...Earth
Julie Andrews - Oscar-winning actress/singer, MARY POPPINS
Julia Elizabeth Welles - Oscar-winning actress/singer, MARY POPPINS
Dorothy Jeakins
William H. Reynolds - Editor, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
William Reynolds - Editor, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Ernest Lehman - Screenwriter/Prod./Director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 174
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543029311
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2015

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Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

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Synopsis:
This classic musical set amid the splendor of Austria's Alps chronicles a young governess's budding romance with her employer and the family's daring flight from Nazi rule. Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best (Adapted) Score, Best Editing.

Notes:
Much of the footage was shot in Salzburg, where director Robert Wise spent 11 weeks filming against the backdrop of the majestic Bavarian Alps. The performance scene at the Salzburg Festival was shot in the spectacular Felsenreitschule, or the Rocky Riding School. The musical ran on Broadway for three and a half years, starring Mary Martin as Maria. Marni Nixon, who plays Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, has lent her vocal cords to many film stars. Nixon's singing voice was used in place of Audrey Hepburn's in MY FAIR LADY, for Natalie Wood's in WEST SIDE STORY, and for Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Her brief role as Sister Sophia in this film marks her first onscreen appearance.

Reviews:
"...Beloved..." -- Rating: A - 01/20/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.61


"...Great, gaudy entertainment..." - 09/08/2000 Entertainment Weekly, p.62


"[I]t's wonderful....Julie Andrews is irresistible..." - 02/01/2004 Total Film, p.120


4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he collaboration takes on a serious edge, making it one of the precious few old-school musicals in which the action doesn't grind to a screeching halt every time a song starts." - 12/01/2005 Premiere, p.184


5 stars out of 5 -- "Julie Andrews' 1965 heroine is hard to beat...combining innocent enthusiasm with comic timing and a soaring soprano voice." - 10/01/2007 Empire, p.58

 
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