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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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A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Plummer
Captain von Trapp
Eleanor Parker
Baroness Schraeder
Richard Haydn
Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood
Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr
Liesl von Trapp
Heather Menzies-Urich
Louisa von Trapp
Nicholas Hammond
Friedrich von Trapp
Duane Chase
Kurt von Trapp
Angela Cartwright
Brigitta von Trapp
Oscar Hammerstein II
Writer (Stage Musical)
Richard Rodgers
Writer (Stage Musical)
Howard Lindsay
Writer (Book)
Russel Crouse
Writer (Book)
Saul Chaplin
Associate Producer
Irwin Kostal
Original Music
Richard Rodgers
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for The Sound of Music

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (12)

  • The last of the Rodgers-Hammer-stein collaborations, The Sound of Music is the best screen version of their works.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • By any reasonable critical analysis, The Sound of Music is a terrible movie.

    December 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's totally schmaltzy and highly effective.

    October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The location work in Salzburg has an ineffable charm and it's all performed with such zinging, joyous energy.

    May 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is compounded of taste, excitement, heart and mind, and more than any other individual, the one who put it there and kept it there was Robert Wise.

    March 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sound of Music

  • 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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