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Director: Robert Wise  (1965)
Writing Credits: Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II


Julie Andrews ---- Maria
Christopher Plummer ---- Captain von Trapp
Eleanor Parker ---- The Baroness
Ruchard Haydn ---- Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood ---- Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr ---- Liesl von Trapp
Heather Menzies ---- Louisa von Trapp
Nicholas Hammond ---- Friedrich von Trapp
Duane Chase ---- Kurt von Trapp
Angela Cartwright ---- Brigitta von Trapp
Debbie Turner ---- Marta von Trapp
Kym Kareth ---- Gretl von Trapp
Anna Lee ---- Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson ---- Sister Berthe
Ben Wright ---- Herr Zeller

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1966 Academy Awards

** Nominated **
Best Actress - Julie Andrews
Best Art Direction (Set decoration of a film in color)
Best Cinematography (color film)
Best Costume Design (color)
Best Supporting Actress - Peggy Wood

Awarded **
Best Picture
Best Director - Robert Wise
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Scoring of Music
Best Sound

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....(T)he film has earned its status as a perennially watchable romantic-drama, largely on the strength of a fun story and chemistry between stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Veteran filmmaker Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still) mostly stays out of the way of the film's appealing elements, which include a based-on-fact tale of Austria's von Trapp family, who fled their Nazi-occupied country in 1938. Andrews is delightful and even fascinating as Maria, who sheds her tomboyish ways as a novice nun to accept the mantle of adulthood, becoming matron of the motherless von Trapp clan. Plummer is matinee-idol handsome and gives a smart performance to boot, and the cast of young people and kids who make up the singing von Trapp children make a strong impression. Based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical, the score includes such winners as "Maria" and the future John Coltrane hit "My Favorite Things." --Tom Keogh

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