South Pacific

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Nurse Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor) of the U.S. Navy falls for middle-aged French plantation owner Emile De Becque (Rossano Brazzi), but recoils upon discovering that he's fathered two mixed-race children. When Nellie leaves him, the heartbroken Emile agrees to take on a dangerous espionage mission. In his absence, Nellie struggles to reconcile her prejudices with her love for him -- and after she spends time with his children and comes to care for them, fears that Emile may not return alive.

Cast & Crew

Mitzi Gaynor
Ens. Nellie Forbush
Rossano Brazzi
Emile de Becque
John Kerr
Lt. Joseph Cable
Ray Walston
Luther Billis
Juanita Hall
Bloody Mary
Russ Brown
Capt. George Brackett
Jack Mullaney
The Professor
Ken Clark
Stewpot
Floyd Simmons
Cmdr. Bill Harbison
Joshua Logan
Writer (Play)
Richard Rodgers
Original Music
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson
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Critic Reviews for South Pacific

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  • May 19, 2010
    <i>I'm going to wash that man right outta my hair..</i> <br> I remember my mum singing that song even when I was little, plus telling me a shortened version of the film just to satisfy my curiousity. Now, I find this to be a thrilling tale of romance set in the World War II, in a remote island where possibly anything can happen. Mitzi Gaynor plays Nellie Forbush, an army nurse who meets and falls in love with a rich French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rossano Brazzi). All throughout the film, Nellie is constantly at odds as to whether make her feelings for Emile known as well as accept his advances. The entirety of the film is stoked in music, song, and dances, most of which can be endearing and memorable. I especially loved the character of Bloody Mary (Hall), the self-proclaimed philosopher of the island, and to whom Nellie turns to for advice.
  • Feb 22, 2009
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2007
    A mere shadow of the stage play. Overproduced and almost painfully overbright.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2007
    Marvelous. Great songs and a great story.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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