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The Sound of Music (film)

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role The film is based on the broadway musical The Sound of Music
    The musical originated with the book The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp It contains many hit songs including "Edelweiss" "My Favorite Things" "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" "Do-Re-Mi" "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" and "The Lonely Goatherd" as well as the title song

    Plot

    Part I:In Salzburg Austria Maria a woman studying to become a nun is sent from her convent to be the governess to seven children of a widowed naval commander Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp The children initially hostile and mischievous come to like her and Maria finds herself falling in love with the captain He was soon to be married to a baroness but marries Maria instead Maria teaches the children singing
    Part II:The Nazis take power in Austria as part of the Anschluss and attempt to force Captain von Trapp back in service However during a singing performance in a guarded theater the whole family flees and walks over the mountains to Switzerland

    Production

    as Maria seeks guidance from the Mother Abbess played by Peggy Wood in this scene from the 1965 film versionThe film which was released in 1965 was named Best Picture of the Year Robert Wise won an Academy Award for Directing for the film which stars Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer (who reportedly dismissed the movie as "Sound of Mucus" [1]) as Captain von Trapp Hammerstein died before the film was made and two of the numbers added to the score were written solely by Rodgers: "I Have Confidence" and "Something Good" while three secondary songs were cut from the score and others were shifted to different scenes The film grossed over $158 million at the North American box office Adjusted for ticket price inflation this is the equivalent of $911 million at 2006 prices putting it third on the list of all time inflation adjusted box office hits according to boxofficemojocom [2] The soundtrack album on the RCA Victor label has sold over 11 million copies worldwide
    The film has since been seen on television and released on VHS and DVD for its 40th anniversary

    Cast


    Actor Role
    Julie Andrews Maria von Trapp
    Christopher Plummer Captain Georg von Trapp
    Charmian Carr Liesl von Trapp
    Peggy Wood Mother Abbess
    Richard Haydn Max Detweiler
    Nicholas Hammond Friedrich von Trapp
    Heather Menzies Louisa von Trapp
    Duane Chase Kurt von Trapp
    Angela Cartwright Brigitta von Trapp
    Debbie Turner Marta von Trapp
    Kym Karath Gretl von Trapp
    Eleanor Parker Baroness Elsa Schrader
    Daniel Truhitte Rolfe

    Trivia

    • Many people believe "Edelweiss" to be a traditional Austrian song or even the national anthem In fact the song was written for the musical and is little known in Austria
    • Actor Christopher Plummer has distanced himself from the film citing that his acting skills were underutilized He calls the film "The Sound of Mucous"
    • The musical itself is virtually unknown in Austria except in backpacker's hostels in Salzburg where it is screened daily on DVD The Ländler dance that Maria and the Captain shared was not performed the traditional way it is done in Austria
    • "I Have Confidence" is a song that Rodgers wrote as a "bridge" needed in the movie to get Maria from the convent to the Von Trapp manor (as he explained) During that segment at one point Julie Andrews passes under an archway As pointed out in one of the DVD's extras the real Maria one of her daughters and one of her daughters (Maria's granddaughter) can be seen starting to cross the road at that point The von Trapps arrived on set that day and director Wise offered them this walk-on role It has also been reported that Andrews tripped at one point during the filming a moment the editors left in because it seemed to fit the character
    • The order of several of the songs is markedly different between the stage play and the film thanks to the screenwriting of Ernest Lehman One example is that in the play "My Favorite Things" is sung at the convent whereas in the movie it is sung to the children A couple of the songs were altered "How Can Love Survive?" (which did not fit the flow of the movie very well) was reduced to an instrumental one of several waltz numbers played at the party occurring just before intermission The title song's four-line prelude ("My day in the hills has come to an end I know") sung by Mary Martin in the stage play is reduced to an instrumental hint during the overture and dramatic zoom-in shot to Julie Andrews on the mountaintop at the start of the movie
    • Despite the enormous popularity of the movie which at the time became the largest grossing picture of all time noted film critic Pauline Kael blasted the film in a review in which she called the movie "The Sound Of Money" This review allegedly led to Kael's being fired from McCall's magazine
    • A theatre owner in South Korea felt the movie was too long so he edited it by cutting all the songs
    • The Sound of Music became the highest grossing film of all time in December 1965 when it beat Gone With the Wind by slightly less than one million dollars The Sound of Music remained the highest grossing film of all time until 1970 when Gone With the Wind was rereleased and it became #1 again After that several films (The Godfather Jaws etc) have pushed The Sound of Music further down on the list
    • In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry
    • According to boxofficemojo the film ranks third in both all-time number of tickets sold (142415400) and in gross adjusted for inflation ($911458400) in North America (behind Gone with the Wind and Star Wars) Combine this with its success around the world in sales of tickets videocassettes laserdiscs DVDs and its frequent airings on television it is called "the most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio" by Amazonuk
    • The BBC planned on broadcasting the soundtrack after a nuclear strike to improve the moral of survivors

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