South Pacific

South Pacific

Joshua Logan (1958)

151min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This screen version of the fabulous Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show has always been better liked by the public than the critics, and played for over four years on its premiere run at London's Dominion Theatre. Unfortunately, though, it has several flaws, not least of which is the bizarre use of colour filters that will turn your TV picture orange, mauve and green. Wonderful though Mitzi Gaynor is in the big numbers, her character's brashness grows tiresome and one longs for Doris Day's tenderness in the role, while Rossano Brazzi is wooden (when was he not?) and the war sequences seem to belong to a different movie. But the score is wonderful, and no one could fail to be carried away by some of the finest songs ever written: Some Enchanted Evening, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, There Is Nothing Like a Dame and This Nearly Was Mine.

Summary

A naval nurse falls in love with a French plantation owner on an American-held island during the Second World War. However, dark secrets surface from his past and result in her having to leave the colony and embark on a perilous mission with the help of a US Navy officer. Romantic musical based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show, with Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr and Ray Walston.

Cast & Crew

Nellie Forbush Mitzi Gaynor
Emile de Becque Rossano Brazzi
Lt Cable John Kerr
Luther Billis Ray Walston
Bloody Mary Juanita Hall
Liat France Nuyen
Capt Brackett Russ Brown
Stewpot Ken Clark
Director Joshua Logan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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