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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Academy Award -winning "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece and the tender love story of a na ve young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French Plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) on a U.S. occupied South Sea island. The breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written: "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime" and more. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, South Pacific ranks among the most celebrated of Rodgers and Hammerstein's acclaimed musicals.Episodes-Bonus Features:Disc 1:Original Theatrical Release w/SCommentary by Ted Chapin and Gerard AlessandriniEnglish Sing-a-long SubtitlesDisc 2:Road Show Version wSCommentary by Richard BarriosMaking of South Pacific60 Minutes: The Tales of The South PacificVintage Stage Excerpt:"I'm Goint To Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,""Finale,""Some Enchanted Evening,"&"A Wonderful Guy"performed by MaryMartin and Ezio Pinza."South Pacific" On The Screen-A Perfect HitState Department Confers High Honor on "South Pacific"Screen Test: Mitzy GaynorTheatricalTrailerStill GallerySystem Requirements:Running Time 151 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE
A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic revolving around a forbidden love affair between a native girl and a young American sailor on a Pacific island during World War II. Songs include "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy," and "Bali H'ai." Academy Award Nominations: 3. Academy Awards: Best Sound.
Love blossoms on a paradisical South Seas island during World War II in this splashy screen production of the hit Broadway musical. A Navy nurse falls for a French planter, an American lieutenant woos a fetching native girl and an assortment of sailors lust after female military personnel. All this amorous activity, with the attendant problems of interracial romance, provide fodder for the some of Rodger & Hammerstein's most famous and well-loved tunes, including "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair," "Bali Ha'i," and "Got to Be Taught to Hate."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the delicious, good-hearted exuberance of this WWII romantic musical, as well as the Rodgers & Hammerstein score, that grab you." 01/01/2011
Golden Globe, South Pacific, Best Motion Picture - Musical,Golden Globe, Mitzi Gaynor, Best Motion Picture Actress - Comedy/Musical,Grammy, Alfred Newman, Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score or Original Cast,Oscar, Leon Shamroy, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, Ken Darby, Alfred Newman, Best Music, Scoring Of A Musical Picture
Oscar, Fred Hynes, Best Sound
With the exception of their final musical, The Sound of Music, South Pacific is Rodgers and Hammerstein's only other work to grapples with a political and moral issue directly. As in Carousel, the characters in South Pacific possess odious traits, yet they are never mere stick figures. Instead, they are human beings capable of evolving...South Pacific is the most handsome of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Like Oklahoma!, it gets a comic boost from its supporting characters. Ray Walston, in particular, as a scheming seaman is a scream - and he looks just great in a grass skirt and wig during the "Honey Bun" number. With songs like "Honey Bun" and "Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" on the soundtrack, South Pacific also benefits from one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's brightest scores.
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Sensormatic, Spanish, Subtitled
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David Bezanson, FilmCritic.com
...poignant and thoughtful lyrics put to classic melodies.