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South Pacific

South Pacific

3.7 17
Director: Joshua Logan

Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr


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Joshua Logan's big-screen adaptation of South Pacific comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.20:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Although this THX-certified disc contains no real supplemental materials,


Joshua Logan's big-screen adaptation of South Pacific comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.20:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Although this THX-certified disc contains no real supplemental materials, having a widescreen version of this film available on DVD makes this disc a necessity for any fan of the film. 20th Century Fox could have done more with the title, but the disc itself is acceptable.

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On the heels of such hit films as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The King and I, the Broadway songwriting duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein produced this Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical based on James Michener's novel, Tales of the South Pacific. The film version is the epic story of a young American Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) who falls in love with a French planter (Rossano Brazzi) during World War II. Long-awaited, the lavish, big-budget film was shot almost entirely on location in Hawaii and became a box-office hit even though it disappointed many critics. Director Joshua Logan changed color filters to emphasize the moods of different characters, an experiment that looks dated and amateurish in retrospect. But the lush photography and well-staged musical numbers carry the ambitious, three-hour film, in which Gaynor holds her own despite her controversial casting over Broadway veteran Mary Martin, who originated the role (and who also saw Julie Andrews take the the role that she originated in The Sound of Music). Memorable songs include "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" and "Some Enchanted Evening.""

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen format (aspect ratio: 2.20:1); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Languages: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English; Spanish; Movietone News trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rossano Brazzi Emile de Becque
Mitzi Gaynor Nellie Forbush
John Kerr Lt. Joseph Cable
Ray Walston Luther Billis
Juanita Hall Bloody Mary
France Nuyen Liat
Russ Brown Capt. George Brackett
Jack Mullaney Professor
Floyd Simmons Bill Harbison
Candace Lee Ngana, Emile's Daughter
Warren Hsieh Jerome
Tom Laughlin Buzz Adams
Galvan de Leon Sub Chief
Ron Ely Navigator
Robert Jacobs Communications Man
Archie Savage Ceremonial Dance Chief
Darleen Engle Nurse in Thanksgiving Show
Richard H. Cutting Adm. Kester
Beverly Aadland Nurse in Thanksgiving Show
Joe Bailey US Commander
Ken Clark Stewpot
Buck Class Fighter Pilot
Stephen Ferry Pilot
Joan Fontaine Polynesian Woman
John Gabriel 2nd Communcations Man
Richard Harrison Co-Pilot
Doug McClure Pilot
James Stacy Actor
Georgio Tozzi Voice Only

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Buddy Adler Producer
Ken Darby Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James A. Michener Source Author
John F. de Cuir Art Director
Paul S. Fox Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Kadish Asst. Director
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Walter Scott Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture
2. Main Title
3. Arriving by Air
4. Bloody Mary
5. That Darn Bali Ha'i
6. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
7. Sexy Man
8. Bali Ha'i
9. A Marine Under Orders
10. Fugitives
11. A Cockeyed Optimist
12. Twin Soliloquies
13. Some Enchanted Evening
14. Dites-Moi
15. Some Dope on the Frenchman
16. Planning a Boat Trip
17. Friendly Advice
18. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
19. Dinner Invitation; Political Beliefs
20. A Wonderful Guy
21. Weighing Life's Values
22. Island Ceremony
23. Falling for Liat
24. Younger Than Springtime
25. After the Party
26. A Surprise for Nellie
27. Intermission
28. Entr'acte
29. Joys of Bali Ha'i
30. Happy Talk
31. The Spirit of the Thanksgiving Follies
32. Honey Bun
33. Diplomatic Difficulties
34. My Girl Back Home
35. You've Got to Be Carefully Taught
36. This Nearly Was Mine
37. Secret Mission
38. A Costly Stunt; News From De Becque
39. Hospital Talk
40. A Sad Message
41. Operation Alligator
42. Together Again
43. End Credits; Exit Music


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South Pacific 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
moviebknut-10 More than 1 year ago
This is a great film with lots of music. I had seen this film in the theaters when it first came out many years ago. I loved the songs and the actors and actresses, like John Kerr, Mitzi Gaynor and Ray Walston singing and dancing. The plot is a good one focusing on love in the time of war in WWII in the Pacific. Also, the culture, prejudices and the diversity of people not in their own home areas. The songs are really great, ones you can sing after the movie is over, like "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali High" and "I'm Gonna Wash that Man right Out o' my Hair". They don't make many movies like this one anymore. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes musicals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1958 film adaptation of the landmark 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway smash is one of Hollywood's biggest disappointments. Overblown and overlong, the film suffers in two departments: the annoying smoky cinematography in the musical numbers and the casting of Mitzi Gaynor in the pivotal role of Nellie Bush. Gaynor is a talented singer/dancer, but she is just not charismatic enough to carry this elephantine film production. Rosanno Brazzi, John Kerr, and Juanita Hall (repeating her Tony awarding role as Bloody Mary) are all fine and the singing of all three is beautifully dubbed). The R&H musical score is the most exquisite of all their collaborations, so buy the CD soundtrack instead, kick back, and be mesmerized.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A first-class production of the great stage musical. The orchestrations have never sounded so gorgeous and lush, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Mitzi Gaynor is terrific as Nelly Forbush, and Rozanno Brazzi does a very good job of mouthing Giorgio Tozzi's heartfelt singing, and is an appealing Emille DeBeque. I will never understand why some folks are so nasty about Ms. Gaynor's performance, as I thought she was sensational in a very difficult role. Juanita Hall is an unforgettable Bloody Mary. As every South Pacific critic points out, the colored filters were a mistake. But I don't let them spoil what is a very beautiful and moving story, splendidly filmed, about our ability to overcome bigotry against other races. When the film was released in 1958, its theme was very ahead of its time, as the American civil rights movement had yet to take place. To me at least, a treasure of a film, one that is in many ways almost as mysterious in the magic it works over you as Bali Hai itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SOUTH PACIFIC won a Pulitzer and a Tony for its stage version and was shockingly cutting edge in its time....Sadly, this musical has not aged as well as some. The score is still fantastic and well sung, but it the story drags...and those ill advised color filters...what were they thinking?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it weren't for the cinematographer severely overdoing the use of colored filters (the director should've used a test shot or two on a test audience, but they didn't use test audiences back then), this would've been a 2.5-star movie. Nothing higher unless John (Lt Cable) Kerr's ghost singer had a voice much closer to his, or they'd use a REAL French opera star with a REAL French accent for Emile de Becque's character (though why they didn't use Marni Nixon again is anyone's guess), or the film editor picked up the pace a bit (the film drags often), or... or... or... Great to learn how to destroy an otherwise fine musical.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific movie and a wonderful musical. The music will have you humming all day. My favorite song is "I'm going to wash that Man right out of my hair and send him on his way." "Some Enchanted Evening is a highlight. It is interesting to see Ray Walson as Luther Billis and not as "My Favorite Martian." Rossan Brazzi as Emile De Becque, and Mitzi Gaynor as Ensign Nellie Forbush are winners too. This is set during World War II, and Oscar and Hammerstein have found a way to make it enchanting for all who enjoy old classic musicals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
South Pacific is a really great movie for people to watch and it also has great songs in it too! My most favorite song out of the whole musical is called "Younger Then Springtime" and it's sung by a really great actor who's very talented and he was DEFINETLY really hot in the film too! This movie is the #1 movie of all time. Great Music and everything in it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is classic Roger's & Hammerstein. Great songs, loads of fun, good for the family. This is one of our favorite movies.
Midwestmusicallover More than 1 year ago
Fabulous as I remembered it as a child. South Pacific has so many of Broadways favorite songs. The soundtrack is fantastic, the color wonderful. Uplifting, delightful way to spend an evening watching this classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first musical I fell in love with (except for children's movies, ie Mary Poppins) I discovered it in Junior High. I learned all the words and performed with my best friend in her living room! It was great to discover this marvelous movie once again!
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