The Sound of Music

Robert Wise
Robert Wise
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Hayden
Ernest Lehman
Music By: 
Richard Rogers
Production Company: 
Argyle Enterprises, Inc.
Twentieth Century Fox
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Publication Date: 
1965 (1996)
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Short Review: 
Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, this is the musical story of everyone’s favorite governess who comes on loan from the local convent, but ends up falling in love and staying forever. A perfect movie.
Long Review: 

What can you say about The Sound of Music that hasn’t already been said? This is one of the most beloved grand movie musicals ever made. It is heartwarming, romantic, funny, suspenseful, moving, and filled with hope and the simple joy of being alive – and it has some of the most sing-along-able songs ever penned by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “My Favorite Things”, Do-Re-Mi”, “Edelweiss”, and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. Based on a true story, irrepressible Maria, a young novice in a Salzburg convent, is sent by the Mother Abbess to become governess to a stern widower sea captain’s seven children. At first the children are horrid to her, as they have been to every governess before her, but she soon wins their hearts with her music and joie de vivre. And to the disappointment of hopeful, wealthy widowed Baroness Schraeder, Maria wins the heart of the Captain as well. But, they are not destined to live happily ever after – at least, not yet. The Nazis have invaded Austria, and the Captain, Maria and the children must escape to safety. From the breathtaking cinematography, to the faultless casting (Julie Andrews IS Maria and Christopher Plummer IS the Captain) – nothing is out of place, not a note, not a line. A truly perfect movie. For real fans: The Sing-along Sound of Music is playing in six countries (check out; you can go on a Sound of Music tour when in Salzburg; and you can stay at the von Trapp Family Lodge when in Stowe, Vermont (!

Lauren Mayer/Joy Fleishhacker
Available on DVD (2 discs - 29.98 on Amazon) Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III. Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the stage musical with book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, music and lyrics by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein III.


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