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South Pacific (1958)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1958 Limited



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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

Apr 27, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Despite the reddish hues, one great Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

February 18, 2006

One of the most popular musicals of the decade, despite artistic problems

December 18, 2004

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.
October 25, 2009
danny d

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A mere shadow of the stage play. Overproduced and almost painfully overbright.
September 27, 2007
jay nixon

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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.
May 7, 2006

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Out of all the Rogers and Hammerstein musicals South Pacific is probably the best. Still it's a wildly uneven piece with a few really good songs scattered among some very mediocre one's. As for this film, it's a very poor adaptation. The color filtered scenes gave me a headache and its really boring because almost none of it is at all interesting.
February 22, 2009
Alec Barniskis

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