The Sound of Music

In the years before the Second World War, a tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey 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.
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Film Cast:

  • Fräulein Maria: Julie Andrews
  • Captain Georg von Trapp: Christopher Plummer
  • Baroness Elsa von Schraeder: Eleanor Parker
  • Max Detweiler: Richard Haydn
  • Mother Abbess: Peggy Wood
  • Liesl von Trapp: Charmian Carr
  • Louisa von Trapp: Heather Menzies
  • Friedrich von Trapp: Nicholas Hammond
  • Kurt von Trapp: Duane Chase
  • Brigitta von Trapp: Angela Cartwright
  • Marta von Trapp: Debbie Turner
  • Gretl von Trapp: Kym Karath
  • Sister Margaretta: Anna Lee
  • Sister Berthe: Portia Nelson
  • Herr Zeller: Ben Wright
  • Rolfe: Daniel Truhitte
  • Frau Schmidt: Norma Varden
  • Franz: Gilchrist Stuart
  • Sister Sophia: Marni Nixon
  • Sister Bernice: Evadne Baker
  • Baroness Ebberfeld: Doris Lloyd
  • Sister Catherine (uncredited): Ada Beth Lee
  • Sister Agatha (uncredited): Doreen Tryden
  • Party Guest (uncredited): Bert Stevens
  • Party Guest (uncredited): Gertrude Astor
  • Party Guest (uncredited): Frank Baker
  • Captain Georg von Trapp (singing voice) (uncredited): Bill Lee
  • Mother Abbess (singing voice) (uncredited): Margery MacKay
  • Party Guest: Leoda Richards

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Robert Wise
  • Production Design: Boris Leven
  • Executive Producer: Richard D. Zanuck
  • Screenplay: Ernest Lehman
  • Director of Photography: Ted D. McCord
  • Editor: William Reynolds
  • Sound: Murray Spivack
  • Casting: Lee Wallace
  • Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott
  • Sound: Bernard Freericks
  • Set Decoration: Ruby R. Levitt
  • Lighting Technician: Adolfo Bartoli
  • Makeup Artist: Ben Nye
  • Additional Photography: Paul Beeson
  • Costume Design: Dorothy Jeakins
  • Associate Producer: Saul Chaplin
  • Music Arranger: Irwin Kostal
  • Hairstylist: Margaret Donovan
  • Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Screenplay: Howard Lindsay
  • Lyricist: Richard Rodgers
  • Unit Production Manager: Saul Wurtzel
  • Executive Producer: Peter Levathes
  • Screenplay: Russel Crouse
  • Assistant Director: Ridgeway Callow
  • Choreographer: Marc Breaux
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Mark Griffith
  • Music Editor: Robert Mayer
  • Colorist: John Sellars
  • Choreographer: Dee Dee Wood

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: One of cinema’s most enduring family classics.

    What can one say about a film that now, as it gears towards its next anniversary of a 50th birthday, is loved and adored by so many? It feels, to me at least, kind of redundant trying to even write a review of it now. So really I just want to say that as a mid-forties cinema loving man I revisited the film recently for the first time in about 15 years and found it still had a magical kind of hold over me. Yes I still think it’s too long, but ask me what I would cut out of the film and I’m at a bit of a loss to answer.

    Over the last thirty years or so it has become something of a focal point for parody, somewhat diminishing the actual film’s first time appeal. Then there are the charges of it being hackneyed, but they are misplaced and very unfair for The Sound Of Music is an ode to life and music, nothing remotely hackneyed there me thinks. Bookended by stunning Salzburg scenery {seriously the opening helicopter sequence is breath taking}, the rest in between is a series of brilliant set pieces and some unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes. Led by Julie Andrews & Christoher Plummer, the cast delight throughout. Yes, not everyone is note perfect, but it’s a moot point really. As a guy it’s at the one hour ten mark where I get something to hang my coat upon, from there on in the Von Trapp family, and their gorgeous governess, have me hook, line & sinker. The Sound Of Music, one of the greatest screen musicals ever. 9/10

  • r96sk: Heard great things, got great things.

    I’ve said it before, but musicals aren’t my favourite genre – I don’t dislike them at all, but if I were to rank my favourite genres they would probably be down low. Therefore, I always feel uncertain before watching them, knowing they could go either way.

    ‘The Sound of Music’, though, is a delight. As alluded to, I have obviously heard countless positive things about this film down the years so I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. Despite a potentially damaging 175 minute run time, it absolutely flew by – superb pacing. I will say the last 30-40 minutes do feel like a possibly unnecessary add-on, but it all still makes for entertaining viewing.

    How about that soundtrack? So many songs that have seriously passed the test of time in terms of relevance, I had practically heard of them all before despite never setting eyes of the film until now. “My Favorite Things” is the standout in my opinion, but all the music is excellent.

    Julie Andrews is terrific in the role of Maria, I will say early on I thought she might’ve been annoying given how excitable she is, but she quickly becomes great to watch throughout. Christopher Plummer is impressive, also. Those two are the clear stars of this, but all the other cast members do worthy jobs too.

    It’s, so I read, not completely true to the real life story of Maria von Trapp & Co. However, all I care about is whether it’s an entertaining film – which this undoubtedly is. A must-watch!

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