SOUND OF MUSIC* (Theatrical Release USA 1965)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Stars ìììì

Sound of Music—
a Rodger and Hammerstein musical classic—stands, through time, as one of the best films Hollywood released. The story continues to charm, entertain, and please at every possible level. The never outmoded musical score is outstanding. The film’s characters are well-portrayed. The casting is well chosen. The background scenery is—enchanting. An excellent story, that portrays the series of measures that led to World War II Nazi German dominance of Austria, easily becomes well worth watching. Touching and heartfelt, viewers are reminded of the quickness with which political change can happen and the resulting consequence to national residents under new political control.

Film poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The film is based on the fictionalized true story of Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and nun-in-training Maria (Julie Andrews). Maria, who seems ill fitted to be a nun, is ordered to leave the abbey by the Mother Abbess to help widower Captain Von Trapp with the care of his seven children. Maria brings music, light, and happiness into the home and changes the course of events for an entire family.

Additional Thanks

This film is a Best Work effort for Director and Producer Robert Wise. Thank you to Executive Producers Peter Lavathes and Richard D. Zanuck for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Baroness (Eleanor Parker), Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn), Liesl (Charmian Carr), Louisa (Heather Menzies Urich), Friedrich (Nicholas Hammond), Kurt (Duane Chase), Brigitta (Angela Cartwright), Marta (Debbie Turner), and Gretl (Kym Karath).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The Rodgers and Hammerstein music alone make this film a worthy watch.

* Also Known as: The Sound of Music

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