The Sound of Music

March 29th, 1965

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The Sound of Music

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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Release Year: 1965

Rating: 7.9/10 (69,445 voted)

Director: Robert Wise

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made...

Writers: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Julie Andrews - Maria
Christopher Plummer - Captain Von Trapp
Eleanor Parker - The Baroness
Richard Haydn - Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood - Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr - Liesl
Heather Menzies-Urich - Louisa (as Heather Menzies)
Nicholas Hammond - Friedrich
Duane Chase - Kurt
Angela Cartwright - Brigitta
Debbie Turner - Marta
Kym Karath - Gretl
Anna Lee - Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson - Sister Berthe
Ben Wright - Herr Zeller

Taglines: ...the more you see it, the more it becomes one of your favorite things!

Release Date: 29 March 1965

Filming Locations: Bertelsmann, Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,200,000 (estimated)

Gross: $163,214,286 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Six burly Austrians were hired to pull the heavy car by two ropes while the actors push from behind when the von Trapps are escaping their home in Salzburg.

Continuity: At the beginning of the movie (just after it tells us we're in Salzburg, Austria), the nuns are shown walking through the Abbey on their way to mass. Two nuns are shown beginning to rise from kneeling in front of what may be icons. In the next shot they are no longer there.

[first lines]
Maria: [singing] The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.

User Review

The Sound of Music rules because it has everything.


While many people agree that the Sound of Music is one of the best films of all time, some are at a loss to adequately explain why; they buckle under and admit that there are parts that are syrupy, etc. Well, I'll tell you why it's the best movie ever (and I DON'T agree that it's too syrupy). It simply has everything one could want in a movie. First of all, it has a REAL romance - one where you can watch the characters slowly fall in love. It's not like today's movies where two characters meet and the next scene is them waking up together. Secondly, it has humor. Not syrupy or corny humor, but very wry, dry tongue-in-cheek humor. For evidence, look at the quotes. Baronness Schraeder is especially well-done in this regard. Her comments simply drip with ice. "Good bye, Maria. I'm sure you'll make a fine nun." You want to smack her. Thirdly, it's got adventure. The Nazis are the ultimate villains in any movie - WWII was as clear a case of good vs. evil as you can find, making it great fodder for films - and so it's great to see Maria, the Captain and the kids outwit them. Fourthly, it's got great music. Fifthy, it's got great scenery. And the plot and dialogue are astounding. I find new things to admire each time I watch. Finally, is there a greater scene in any movie than the nuns revealing the stolen Nazi car parts??? "The Sound of Music" does not just succeed because it cheers people up with syrup or song. It succeeds because it is a wonderfully-constructed, wonderfully-written, wonderfully-acted, brilliant movie. For me, no other movie can compare. Not to be obsessed with it or anything. :)

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