South Pacific (1958)


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Producer/director Joshua Logan's long-awaited filmization of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize winning musical South Pacific was not the classic that everyone hoped it would be, principally because of some curious creative choices made by the production personnel. Adapted from James A. Michener's best-selling novel Tales of the South Pacific, the film stars Mitzi Gaynor as WAVE officer Nellie Forbush, who while stationed overseas during World War II falls in love with wealthy French planter … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan, James A. Michener, Paul Osborn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Emile de Becque

as Ensign Nellie Forbus...

as Emile De Becque

as Lt. Joseph Cable

as Luther Billis

as Bloody Mary

as Capt. Brackett

as Professor

as Harbison

as Buzz Adams

as Sub Chief

as Co-Pilot

as Native Chief

as Communications Man

as Adm. Kester

as Adm. Kester

as Radio Man

as Co-Pilot

as Fighter Pilot

as US Commander

as Polynesian Woman

as Lt. Joseph Cable

as Stewpot
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Critic Reviews for South Pacific

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Joshua Logan's stiff screen version leaves much to be desired, and Mitzi Gaynor is miscast and charmless, but the score is undenibaly glorious

Full Review… | July 23, 2012

Might not be musical enough for some, and it's certainly not going to be substantial enough for some. But it's entertaining and more emotionally true than you might expect.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Apollo Guide

What the hell could anyone have been thinking in literalizing an "enchanted evening" as a toxic cloud?

Full Review… | February 11, 2007
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for South Pacific


mitzi gaynor is absolutely stunning. south pacific is a fine musical with wonderful landscapes and really solid music. i did feel that the war story could have been used a little more and the love story a little less, but overall this is a great musical.

danny d

Super Reviewer

A mere shadow of the stage play. Overproduced and almost painfully overbright.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


There is nothing you can name, nothing in the world . . . like it. A great song line-up. Ray Walston is one of the most memorable character actors . . . Bali Ha`i may call you . . . And a young France Nuyen--beautiful . . . Some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger across a crowded room . . . That booming Brazzi voice: Still dreaming of paradise, this nearly was mine . . . Not to mention it was shot on Kaua`i!

05/07/06: Up a half star.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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