Movie House Memories

The Sound of Music (1965)

Episode #85

Twentieth Century Fox released The Sound of Music to theaters on March 29, 1965. Robert Wise directed the film starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker.

The Sound of Music Movie Summary

Maria (played and sung to perfection by the Great Julie Andrews) is living in a beautiful Austrian Abbey hoping to become a nun. She is not the candidate most likely to succeed. She has problems with the conformity of the Sisters.

Captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) is a widowed Naval Captain with seven children. He has yet to get over the premature death of his wife. The worlds of the Captain and Maria collide when Maria is sent by the Abbey to be a governess for the Von Trapp children. After a bumpy start, the children fall in love with Maria and so does the Captain. Maria teaches the children to sing and play and she convinces the Captain that his children need his attention.

There were two obstacles hindering a romantic relationship between the Captain and Maria, Baroness Schraeder and the Nazis. True love wins out and they are wed. This is not just a fairy tale but based upon a true story.

Upon returning from their honeymoon, the Captain is ordered to report for duty with the German military. The family decides to make a run for it. They use the world famous Salzburg Music Festival to begin their flight. The Nuns in the Abbey also participated in their escape. The film ends with the family “climbing every mountain” to freedom and the fulfillment of their dreams.

The real Trapp Family that the film is based upon, did win first prize in the Festival, but not on the night of their escape from the Nazis. They eventually settled in Vermont and had a successful concert career. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture as well as awards for Directing, Sound, Editing, and Music.

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