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SOUND OF MUSIC

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the true life story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria (Julie Andrews) is a spirited young Austrian woman studying to take her religious vows. Suspecting that her true calling may lie elsewhere, the Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) arranges for her to leave the convent and become governess to the children of the autocratic widower, Baron Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), who is engaged to the Baroness Schneider (Eleanor Parker). Despite her inexperience, Maria soon wins over the children and eventually their father. But Nazi youths are lobbying the neighbourhood, and the bitter winds of war are beginning to blow. The Trapp family is faced with a choice; to stay or to leave.

"A classic for all time, Sound of Music is one of those delightful cinematic experiences that totally captivates at each viewing. Here is a film with real heart: itís impossible not to be swept away by the magical spell that it weaves. From the very first sweeping shot over the stunningly beautiful Austrian alps to the sight of the irrepressible Julie Andrews singing the title song, the goosebumps start tingling. Although she didnít win the Oscar for this role, her performance is faultless as the naÔve governess finding her direction. Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker add great depth, and the entire cast is terrific, the children enchanting. No-one can complain that there are no singable songs here - Richard Rodgersí melodic, wonderful music and Oscar Hammerstein IIís bewitching and inspiring lyrics are lilting, memorable and poignant. Sound of Music is a movie masterpiece, combining very human elements with real life drama, romance and song. In this digitally mastered version, the sound, colour and clarity zings, allowing the sentiments and magic to be stored in the video library forever."
Louise Keller

"The old saying about truth being stranger than fiction applies in this case: the Trapp familyís life as it intersected with Mariaís, provided an ideal mix of romance, drama, music and character tranformation for a musical that has a powerful dramatic core. In this case, of course, a massive one in the form of encroaching Nazi occupation in Europe. What writer would today dare write a fictional screenplay for a musical with such a backdrop? Then there is the execution of the script: as Louise notes, the quality of talent here is awesome, and the players and filmmakers have all come together fortuitously Ė by accident, even, in some cases Ė to create a film that offers insight and entertainment, drama and laughs."
Andrew L. Urban

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Facts you may not know

* Baroness Maria von Trapp visited the film on location and can be seen as an extra.

* Marni Nixon made her film debut in Sound of Music as Sister Sophia. (Nixon provided singing voices for Deborah Kerr in The King & I and for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady).

* Originally, 20th Century Fox wanted Doris Day to play Maria. But Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman wanted Julie Andrews after seeing just a little of Mary Poppins at the Walt Disney Studios. Other actresses considered included Shirley Jones, Anne Bancroft and Leslie Caron.

* Both Bing Crosby and Yul Brynner were suggested for the role of Captain von Trapp, but Robert Wise wanted Christopher Plummer. Others considered were Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Peter Finch and Walter Matthau.

* Five of the ten Academy Award nominations were successful.

* Peggy Wood, who plays Mother Abbess, had been a major stage star, playing the lead in the original Broadway production of Naughty Marietta in 1910. And Marni Nixon sang Climb Every Mountain for Peggy Wood in The Sound of Music!

* In the stage musical version, the song, My Favourite Things, is sung by the Mother Abbess - to Maria.

* Two songs were deleted from the stage musicals, "How Can Love Survive?" and "No Way to Stop It". This was because the characters who sang the song on stage were not singing characters in the film.

* Originally William Wyler was to direct The Sound of Music, but other projects intervened. Robert Wise turned down the film three times before agreeing to make it.

* Christopher Plummer was determined to do his own singing until he heard his voice in the playbacks. The Captainís voice heard in the film is that of Bill Lee.

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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0
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SOUND OF MUSIC (G)
(20th Century Fox Entertainment)

CAST: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Robert Wise

SCRIPT: Ernest Lehman (from the stage music)

CINEMATOGRAPHER:

MUSIC: Richard Rodgers

LYRICS: Oscar Hammerstein II

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

RUNNING TIME: 167 minutes

AWARDS: Academy Awards 1965, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Scoring of a Music Adaptation, Best Film Editing

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: April 8, 1998

Digitally remastered in THX for superior sound and image quality.
Also available in widescreen format
RRP: $29.95

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