The Sound of Music

1965

The Sound of Music

Critics 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.

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Total Count: 67

91%

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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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  • Mar 31, 2014
    Overly sentimental crap that receives far more acclaim than it should. If the film never plays again, it would make my day.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2013
    One of the best musicals ever!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Hey, I know it's a 'Classic' but this is one musical I find a little too sickly sweet for my tastes! I'm a bigger fan of Wise's grittier 'West Side Story' but I can't fault the performances of Andrews and Plummer here. The latter in particular brings home the anger and fear that the Nazis represent to him and Austria as a whole and when the film tackles this theme then it nicely counterbalances the 'Doh, a Dear' and 'My Favourite Things' moments. The songs are all so well known now that you have to stop yourself from joining in but the most emotional moment for me is Plummer unable to continue with 'Eidelweiss' towards the end. Andrews' wide eyed innocence can grate sometimes but you can tell that she's 100% committed to the performance and it's not her fault that Maria is such an annoying goody goody! At almost 3 hours the film is way too long (I could have done without all the nun scenes!) but as a holiday staple it's up there with 'The Great Escape' and having grown up with it I can't bring myself to hate it.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    So absolutely adorable, it may be stagy (Cuz it's adapted from a stage production) but Julie Andrews provided the film with the additional energy. It's both fuzzy and hilarious at the same time, a must watch for the musical fans.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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