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A Christmas welcome back to the happiest holiday sound…. [re-release Australia Christmas 1971]
29 March 1965 (UK)
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Also Known As:
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
Opening Weekend USA:
$413,497, 9 September 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross:
172 min | 138 min (original German theatrical release)
2.39 : 1
Did You Know?
The Ländler dance that Maria and the Captain shared was not performed the traditional way it is done in Austria.
The names and ages of the various Von Trapp children were invented for the film. Most of Captain Von Trapps children were adults at the time depicted in the movie. His eldest child was not a “sixteen going on seventeen” year old girl named Liesl, but rather Rupert, who was a practicing physician at the time of the Anschluss.
] The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
Salzburg, Austria, in the last Golden Days of the Thirties
The 2001 Fox Television version deletes the entire wedding sequence to save time.
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Played during the opening credits
Also sung by
to the children
Reprised by the orchestra at the party
Danced to by the party guests and the children
Also performed by Andrews with
when Maria returns as governess
Played as background music often
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