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The Sound of Music (1965)



The Sound of Music
 
(1965)

174 minutes

AFI Top 100 / Biography / Classics / Drama / Epic / Family / Musical

Directed by Robert Wise

Cast:

Julie Andrews as Maria 
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-Urich as Louisa   
Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich 
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  
 
The Sound of Music trailer

This classic film features Julie Andrews who plays a postulant by the name of Maria in Nonnberg Abbey. There is a famous scene in the Alps where she sings and birds are flying over. She is always getting into some type of trouble with the nuns.

George von Trapp, an Austrian Navy captain whose wife has died, writes a letter to the abbey requesting a guardian for his seven children. Mother Abbess is skeptical about Maria taking care of the seven children, but gives her the job temporarily, knowing many before her have not worked long. Maria is nervous taking on the job, but knows if she is confident, nothing will stand in her way.

When Maria arrives at the von Trapp house, she realizes how the Captain is stern in raising his children and keeping the house extremely neat. He dresses the children in sailor uniforms and treats them as if they are his troop. At first the children are not very welcoming to Maria, but after a thunderstorm they change their ways since she was there to protect them. Liesl is the oldest, being sixteen and feels there is no need for Maria’s help. She changes her mind when Maria tells her she will be her friend instead. Maria teaches the children many things, including how to sing, play games, and sew.

In the meantime, the Captain is busy playing host to Baroness Elsa Schraeder, a rich socialite all the way from Vienna and Max Detweiler, who is determined to find a musical group for the opening of the Salzburg Music Festival. The Captain soon realizes that Maria has been taking the children on many expeditions such as, bicycle rides, picnics, and climbing trees, which he is not fond of. His last straw is when they are all on a boat and are overthrown into the water. He tells the children to go to their rooms and gives Maria a piece of his mind. She tells him the real problem lies with him and him not giving enough attention and love to his children. He does not pay attention to her and orders her back to the abbey.

The Captain changes his mind when he hears the children sing. Things get better for everyone and Max decides to enter the children in the musical festival, but the Captain disagrees with this. Jealousy from the Baroness Elsa leads Maria back to the Abbey, where more of the story unfolds.

Music by Richard Rodgers and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Numbers:

Act I

"Preludium" – Nuns
"The Sound of Music" – Maria
"Maria" – Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Sister Margaretta, and the Mother Abbess
"My Favorite Things" – Maria and the Mother Abbess
"My Favorite Things" (reprise 1) – Maria
"Do-Re-Mi" – Maria and the children
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" – Rolf and Liesl
"The Lonely Goatherd" – Maria and the children
"The Lonely Goatherd" (reprise) – Gretl
"How Can Love Survive" – Max and Elsa
"The Sound of Music" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain and the children
"Ländler" (instrumental)
"So Long, Farewell" – The children
"Morning Hymn" – Nuns
"Climb Ev'ry Mountain" – Mother Abbess 
 
Act II

"My Favorite Things" (reprise 2) – Maria and the children
"No Way to Stop It" – Elsa, Max and the Captain.
"An Ordinary Couple" – Maria and the Captain †
"Gaudeamus Domino" – Nuns
"Maria" (reprise) – Nuns
"Confitemini Domino" – Nuns
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" (reprise) – Maria and Liesl
"Do-Re-Mi" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children  
"Edelweiss" – The Captain
"So Long, Farewell" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children
"Finale Ultimo" – Nuns




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