the sound of music
the year: 1965
the genre: musical
the cast: Julie Andrews (Maria); Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp); Eleanor Parker (The Baroness); Richard Haydn (Max Detweiler); Peggy Wood (Mother Abbess); Charmain Carr (Leisl)
the plot: Captain Von Trapp, a widower, runs his home near Salzburg like the ship he once commanded. That changes when Maria arrives from the convent to be the new governess of his seven children. With a renewed zest for life, things begin to change in the Von Trapp household. The family’s happily ever after is threatened when Austria's new German rulers want the baron back in military service.
count: how many bows Frauleiin Schweiger, the third place winner at the musical competition, takes.
don’t miss: how the nuns outsmart the Nazis.
check out: how many spiders Louisa is rumored to have carried when she climbs up the trellis into the governess’ room.
listen for: “You know how Sister Berthe always makes me kiss the floor after we've had a disagreement? Well, lately I've taken to kissing the floor whenever I see her coming, just to save time.“
did you know: Yul Brynner, Richard Burton and Sean Connery were all considered for the role of Captain Von Trapp and Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day were considered for the role of Maria. Just wouldn’t seem right, would it?
also listen for: “I'm Brigitta, she's Louisa. She's thirteen years old, and you're smart! I'm ten, and I think your dress is the ugliest one I ever saw!”
did you also know: the real Maria von Trapp makes a cameo in the movie as the elder of the two women in Austrian peasant garb who are in the background as Julie Andrews walks through a brick archway during "I Have Confidence".
extra bonus points: if you can name the song that Christopher Plummer didn’t want to sing (and suggested be replaced) because he thought it was trite.