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The Sound of Music Details

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One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing the title song. Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, the Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Arriving at the Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children virtual automatons-at least, whenever the Captain is around. Otherwise, the kids are holy terrors, as evidenced by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses. But Maria soon ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesl (Charmian Carr), who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf. As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Eleanor Parker). But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song "Something Good." Unhappily, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria. Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl's boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the "glories" of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer. The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 1965

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julie Andrews Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julie Andrews Best Actress 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peggy Wood Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peggy Wood Best Supporting Actress 1965 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Wise Best Director 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Wise Best Director 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Wise Best Picture 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Wise Best Director 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Boris Leven Best Color Art Direction 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scott Best Color Art Direction 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ted D. McCord Best Color Cinematography 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Hynes Best Sound 1965 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Robert Wise
Director
Robert Wise
Producer
Saul Chaplin
Producer
Howard Lindsay
Book Author
Russel Crouse
Book Author
Ernest Lehman
Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord
Cinematographer
Oscar Hammerstein II
From Musical by
Richard Rodgers
From Musical by
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Saul Chaplin
Associate Producer
Cora Baird
Animator
Marc Breaux
Choreography
Richard Rodgers
Additional Music
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