The Sound of Music (film)

The Sound of Music
Poster with an illustration of actress Julie Andrews dancing in the mountains
Theatrical release poster by Howard Terpning
Directed byRobert Wise
Screenplay byErnest Lehman
Story byMaria von Trapp (uncredited)
Based onThe Sound of Music
by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Produced byRobert Wise
Starring
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byWilliam H. Reynolds
Music by
Color processDe Luxe
Production
companies
Argyle Enterprises, Inc.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 2, 1965 (1965-03-02) (United States)
Running time
174 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8.2 million[2][3]
Box office$286.2 million[2]

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, and Eleanor Parker. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical of the same name, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, adapted from the stage musical's book by Lindsay and Crouse. Based on the 1949 memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, the film is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg, Austria, in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children.[4] After bringing love and music into the lives of the family, she marries the officer and, together with the children, finds a way to survive the loss of their homeland to the Nazis.

Filming took place from March to September 1964 in Los Angeles and Salzburg. The Sound of Music was released on March 2, 1965, in the United States, initially as a limited roadshow theatrical release. Although initial critical response to the film was mixed, it was a major commercial success, becoming the number one box office movie after four weeks, and the highest-grossing film of 1965. By November 1966, The Sound of Music had become the highest-grossing film of all-time—surpassing Gone with the Wind—and held that distinction for five years. The film was just as popular throughout the world, breaking previous box-office records in twenty-nine countries. Following an initial theatrical release that lasted four and a half years, and two successful re-releases, the film sold 283 million admissions worldwide and earned a total worldwide gross of $286 million.

The Sound of Music received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Wise's second pair of both awards, the first being from the 1961 film West Side Story.[5] The film also received two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) listed The Sound of Music as the fifty-fifth greatest American movie of all time, and the fourth greatest movie musical. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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  3. ^ Solomon 1989, p. 254.
  4. ^ Yoffe, Emily (August 8, 1993). "Hollywood's Widower Fantasy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on February 5, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Bernstein, Adam (September 16, 2005). "'Sound of Music,' 'West Side Story' Director Robert Wise Dies". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 28, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2020.

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