The Sound of Music


The Sound of Music

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

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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
Alice Shen

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One of the best musicals ever!

Christian C
Christian C

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An enthralling family classic that's the source of more popular songs than I knew - and already knew it was responsible for a lot - this might be as good as any Broadway musical every put on film. The main reason, I think, is that generally the story isn't narrated in the songs, in this case; the singing comes off as something the characters would naturally do, given that the governess is teaching them music. The songs are just songs, entertaining breaks that stand apart from the plot, which is strong on its own: a failed nun finds redemption and love by caring for the children of a military widower who's lost all the joy in his life. And though it's very long, it never feels that way. Occasionally corny or excessive, but hard to say it doesn't deserve its decades of acclaim.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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