The Sound of Music

  • U
  • Robert Wise (1965)
  • US
  • 167 min
The Sound of Music
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This artful crowd-pleaser continues to reach out to every generation, thanks to expert and unsentimental handling from director Robert Wise (replacing William Wyler) and a magnificent performance from Julie Andrews. She is perfectly cast as Maria, the reluctant nun who discovers her true calling (of course; she's Mary Poppins) as governess to a houseful of youngsters. It still looks lovely, in particular the stunning opening panoramic sweep onto the mountain top and the Do Re Mi tour around Salzburg (location-scouted by the uncredited musical genius Roger Edens), and the Rodgers and Hammerstein score is as refreshing as ever. For those who have never seen it, do. For those who love it, no persuasion is needed - it's as fresh and as magical as Andrews's smile.

Plot Summary

Classic family musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. When trainee nun Maria begins to have doubts about her vocation, she leaves her convent in Salzburg to become governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower and retired naval officer. The spirited Maria instils a love of music in the children, but the family's happiness is threatened by the Nazi occupation of Austria.

Cast and crew

Cast

Maria
Julie Andrews
Captain Von Trapp
Christopher Plummer
Baroness
Eleanor Parker
Max Detweiler
Richard Haydn
Mother Abbess
Peggy Wood
Liesl
Charmian Carr
Louisa
Heather Menzies
Friedrich
Nicholas Hammond
Kurt
Duane Chase
Brigitta
Angela Cartwright
Marta
Debbie Turner
Gretl
Kym Karath
Sister Margaretta
Anna Lee
Sister Berthe
Portia Nelson
Herr Zeller
Ben Wright (1)
Rolfe
Daniel Truhitte
Frau Schmidt
Norma Varden
Franz
Gil Stuart
Sister Sophia
Marni Nixon
Sister Bernice
Evadne Baker
Baroness Ebberfeld
Doris Lloyd

Crew

Director
Robert Wise

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Sep 2007
Certificate U
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Music