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The Sound of Music
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Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on location in Salzburg, 1964
Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Robert Wise
Written by
  • Howard Lindsay (libretto)
  • Russel Crouse (libretto)
Screenplay by Ernest Lehman
Music by
Cinematography Ted D. McCord
Editing by William H. Reynolds
Studio 20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 2, 1965 (1965-03-02) (USA)
March 29, 1965 (1965-03-29) (UK)
Running time 174 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8.2 million
Money made $286,214,286

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical movie. It was directed by Robert Wise. It stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The movie is based on the Broadway musical The Sound of Music. The songs were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical was based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. The movie is about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. The Sound of Music contains several popular songs, including "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", and the title song, "The Sound of Music".

The Sound of Music was shot on location in Salzburg, Austria; the state of Bavaria in Germany; and at the 20th Century Fox studios in California, USA. The movie won five Academy Awards including Best Picture. It displaced Gone with the Wind as the highest-grossing film of all-time. The cast album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry as it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


  • Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp
  • Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp
    • Bill Lee overdubbed Plummer's singing
  • Eleanor Parker as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder
  • Richard Haydn as Max Detweiler
  • Peggy Wood as the Mother Abbess
  • Charmian Carr as Liesl von Trapp
  • Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich von Trapp
  • Heather Menzies as Louisa von Trapp
  • Duane Chase as Kurt von Trapp
  • Angela Cartwright as Brigitta von Trapp
  • Debbie Turner as Marta von Trapp
  • Kym Karath as Gretl von Trapp
  • Anna Lee as Sister Margaretta
  • Portia Nelson as Sister Berthe
  • Ben Wright as Herr Zeller
  • Daniel Truhitte as Rolfe
  • Norma Varden as Frau Schmidt, housekeeper
  • Gil Stuart as Franz, servant
  • Marni Nixon as Sister Sophia
  • Ada Beth Lee as Sister Catherine (uncredited)
  • Doreen Tryden as Sister Agatha (uncredited)
  • Evadne Baker as Sister Bernice
  • Doris Lloyd as Baroness Ebberfeld

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