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The Sound of Music (1965)



Critic Consensus: Unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny, The Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.

Movie Info

One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing the title song. Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, the Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Arriving at the Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children virtual automatons-at least, whenever the Captain is around. Otherwise, the kids are holy terrors, as evidenced by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses. But Maria soon ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesl (Charmian Carr), who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf. As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Eleanor Parker). But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song "Something Good." Unhappily, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria. Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl's boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the "glories" of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer. The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Lehman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2000
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Christopher Plummer
as Capt. von Trapp
Eleanor Parker
as The Baroness
Richard Haydn
as Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood
as Mother Abbess
Anna Lee
as Sister Margaret
Norma Varden
as Frau Schmidt
Portia Nelson
as Sister Berthe
Ben Wright
as Herr Zeller
Marni Nixon
as Sister Sophia
Evadne Baker
as Sister Bernice
Doris Lloyd
as Baroness Ebberfeld
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Critic Reviews for The Sound of Music

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (7)

Appealing to the whole family and giving Julie Andrews a chance to sing and perform charmingly, it presents Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp, a role that is sure to enhance the popularity of this fine actor.

Full Review… | February 19, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In dialogue, song and story, Music still contains too much sugar, too little spice.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Every audience sniffle and tear has been taken into account.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Call me a drongo, but this really is quite watchable (yes, I've seen it more than once).

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Arguably the best screen adaptation of a stage musical that has yet been made, and certainly the most improved over its source material.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

This artful crowd-pleaser continues to reach out to every generation, thanks to expert and unsentimental handling from director Robert Wise and a magnificent performance from Julie Andrews.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Sound of Music


This is a very sickly sweet musical, but is guarenteed to entertain even the grumpiest of people!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

SO RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY! The music and lyrics are beautiful and well-paced, save for a few woolly reprises. No one is too evil, except for the freakin' Nazis, and rightfully so cuz the enemy OUGHT to be bigger than us all! I rather love Charmian Carr as Liesl and "Sixteen Going On Seventeen," but my stomach just wells up with anger during that flirtatious little number, knowing that Rolfe is gonna become a little Nazi bitch. Watching as an adult now, I'm also pleasantly surprised at how subtly sexy that whole dance scene between Maria and Captain Von Trapp out on the terrace is.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

One of the best musicals ever!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The Sound of Music Quotes

Captain Von Trapp: You must find your life.
– Submitted by Sherry G (3 years ago)
Herr Zeller: I've not asked you where you and your family are going. Nor have you asked me why I am here.
Captain Von Trapp: Well, apparently, we're both suffering from a deplorable lack of curiosity.
– Submitted by Lorenzo V (3 years ago)
Mother Abbess: Maria, these walls were not meant to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live.
Kurt: I wonder what grass tastes like.
Captain Von Trapp: You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten.
Frau Schmidt: The Von Trapp children don't play. They march.
Captain Von Trapp: If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you will be the entire trumpet section.
Kurt: Only grown-up men are scared of women.
Maria von Trapp: When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.
– Submitted by monsieur r (4 years ago)
Maria von Trapp: Maria: I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what's worse, I can't seem to stop saying things - anything and everything I think and feel.
– Submitted by Amanda C (4 years ago)

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