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South Pacific (1958 film) - Wikipedia South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, which in turn based on James A. Michener's short ...

South Pacific (1958 film) - Wikipedia This article is about the 1958 film Rodgers Hammerstein S South Pacific For the Broadway musical see South Pacific musical For the television film see South Pacific 2001 film South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific which in turn based on James A Micheners shortstory collection Tales of the South Pacific The film directed by Joshua Logan starred Rossano Brazzi Mitzi Gaynor John Kerr and Ray Walston in the leading roles with Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary the part that she had played in the original stage production The film was nominated for three Academy Awards winning the Academy Award for Best Sound for Fred Hynes Contents 1 Cast 2 Musical numbers 3 Production 4 Release 5 Soundtrack 6 Awards and honors 6 1 Others 7 Remake 8 See also 9 References 10 External links Rossano Brazzi as Emile de Becque Giorgio Tozzi as Emiles singing voice Mitzi Gaynor as Ensign Nellie Forbush John Kerr as Lieutenant Joseph Cable USMC Bill Lee as Cables singing voice uncredited Ray Walston as Luther Billis Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary Muriel Smith as Bloody Marys singing voice uncredited France Nuyen as Liat Russ Brown as Captain George Brackett Jack Mullaney as The Professor Ken Clark as Stewpot Thurl Ravenscroft as Stewpots singing voice uncredited Floyd Simmons as Commander Bill Harbison Candace Lee as Ngana Warren Hsieh as Jerome Tom Laughlin as Lieutenant Buzz Adams Francis Kahele as Henry Emiles servant Robert Jacobs and John Gabriel as Communications men Richard Harrison as CoPilot Ron Ely as Navigator Richard H Cutting as Admiral Kester Joe Bailey as U S commander Buck Class and Richard Kiser as Fighter pilots Musical numbersedit Note The film opens with an orchestral overture lasting 3 minutes and 30 seconds Bloody Mary There Is Nothing Like a Dame Bali Hai A CockEyed Optimist Twin Soliloquies Some Enchanted Evening Ditesmoi Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair Im in Love with a Wonderful Guy Younger Than Springtime Happy Talk Honey Bun My Girl Back Home Youve Got to Be Carefully Taught This Nearly Was Mine Finale Productionedit Following the success of the film version of Rodgers & Hammersteins Oklahoma 1955 the producers decided to tackle a bigscreen adaptation of South Pacific as their next project The film was produced by South Pacific Enterprises a company created specifically for the production owned by Rodgers Hammerstein Logan Magna Theatre Corporation owners of the ToddAO widescreen process the film would be photographed in and Leland Hayward producer of the original stage production 520th Century Fox partially invested in the production in exchange for some distribution rights Additionally all the departments and department heads were Foxs The producers original plan was to have Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin the two leads of the original Broadway cast reprise their roles for the film but Pinza died Had he survived long enough to perform in the film the producers would have cast Martin 6 Instead Doris Day was offered the part of Nellie but passed Elizabeth Taylor tested for the same role but was rejected by Rodgers after she suffered stage fright in her audition Logan later heard her sing but was unable to persuade Rodgers to change his mind 6 Ultimately Mitzi Gaynor who had prior work in musical films and had tested twice for Nellie was cast in the role 6Rossano Brazzi was cast as Emile a role that was first offered to such established stars as Charles Boyer Vittorio De Sica and Fernando Lamas 5 Walston a noted Broadway musical actor played the part of Seabee Luther Billis which he previously played on stage in London 6 Hanalei Bay on Kauai one of the Hawaiian Islands together with Portinatx Beach and the island of Es Vedrà in Ibiza Balearic Islands served as the filming locations for the film with special effects providing distant views of the fantastic island Bali Hai Es Vedrà A second unit filmed aerial views of Fijian islands while some sources claim footage of Tioman Island off Malaysias south east coast were also featured though this seems unlikely given the logistics involved Location filming provided sweeping shots of tropical island scenes as well as a new sequence not in the stage version in which Billis having parachuted from a damaged plane has a boat dropped on him then comes under a series of attacks following his fatalistic Oh its going to be one of those days huhcitation needed The film includes the use of colored filters during many of the song sequences7 which has been a source of criticism for the film Director Joshua Logan wanted these filters to produce subtle changes but 20th Century Fox the company that would distribute the 35mm version made them extreme changes since tickets to the film were presold it was a roadshow attraction there was no time to correct this 6 All of the songs from the stage production were retained for the film A song entitled My Girl Back Home sung by Lt Cable and Nellie cut from the Broadway show was added 8 One of the differences between the film version and the Broadway version of the musical is that the first and second scenes of the play are switched around together with all the songs contained in those two scenes The stage version begins with Nellie and Emiles first scene together on the plantation then proceeds to show Bloody Mary Lieutenant Joe Cable and the Seabees on the beach while in the film version Lieutenant Cable is shown at the very beginning being flown by plane to the island where the Seabees and Bloody Mary have their first musical numbers The first musical number in the film is Bloody Mary sung by the Seabees while in the stage version it is Ditesmoi sung by Emiles children Emile is not shown in the film until about thirty minutes into it in the film Nellie first appears during the scene with the Seabees Because of the switch the shows most famous song Some Enchanted Evening is not heard until nearly fortyfive minutes into the film while in the show it is heard about fifteen minutes after Act I starts Juanita Hall sang in the stage production and took part in the recording of the stage production cast album However she had her singing dubbed for the film version by Muriel Smith who played Bloody Mary in the London stage production 6 Metropolitan Opera star Giorgio Tozzi provided the singing voice for the role of Emile de Becque in the film 6John Kerr starred as 2nd Lt Joseph Cable USMC and his singing voice was dubbed by Bill Lee 6Ken Clark who played Stewpot was dubbed by Thurl Ravenscroft who sang Youre a Mean One Mr Grinch and was the voice of Tony the Tiger Gaynor and Walston were the only principal cast members whose own singing voices were used Releaseedit Criticism of the color filters did not prevent the film from topping the box office of 1958 It earned 6 4 million in rentals in North America 9 In London the film played continuously at the Dominion Theatre for nearly fourandahalf years 10South Pacific had the honor of being the highestgrossing Rodgers and Hammerstein musical film until The Sound of Music was released seven years later 6 The 65mm ToddAO cinematography by Leon Shamroy was nominated for an Academy Award as were the music adaptation and the sound South Pacific won for Best Sound The soundtrack album has spent more weeks at 1 in the UK Albums Chart than any other album spending 115 weeks at the top in the late 1950s and early 1960s It spent 70 consecutive weeks at the top of the chart and was 1 for the whole of 1959 Magna Theatre Corporation which originally owned a stake in the film handled the distribution of the roadshow presentations while Fox distributed the film for its general wide release 5 The film was rereleased by The Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1983 5 Originally shown in a nearly threehour roadshow version later cut to twoandahalf hours for general release The threehour version long feared lost was rediscovered in a 70mm print owned by a collector This print was screened in Bradford England at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television on March 14 2005 11 When Fox which by that time owned partial distribution rights to the film including home video learned of the prints existence it took it to the United States to reinstate the fourteen missing minutes and attempt to restore as much of the color as possible 12 A 2disc DVD set of both the longer and shorter versions was released in the USA on Region 1 on November 7 2006 and earlier on UK region 2 on 20 March 2006 Some Enchanted Evening was ranked 28 on the American Film Institutes 100 Years 100 Songs 2004 On March 31 2009 South Pacific became the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical available on high definition Bluray Disc 13 Soundtrackedit Main article South Pacific soundtrack The Original Soundtrack of the film was released in 1958 14 The album became a major success reaching No 1 in both the US and UK In the US the album stayed at No 1 on the Billboard 200 for seven months the fourth longest run ever 14 The album remained in the top five of the UK Albums Chart for 27 consecutive weeks before reaching No 1 in November 1958 It stayed at the top for a recordbreaking 115 weeks and remained in the top five for 214 weeks 15 Awards and honorsedit Academy Awards 31st Cinematography Color nominated Music Scoring of a Musical Picture nominated Sound Fred Hynes won1617 Golden Globe Awards 16th Best Motion Picture – Musical nominated Best Motion Picture Actress – ComedyMusical Mitzi Gaynor nominated Othersedit The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists 2002 AFIs 100 Years 100 Passions – Nominated18 2004 AFIs 100 Years 100 Songs Some Enchanted Evening – 2819 Bali Hai – Nominated20 2006 AFIs Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated21 In July 2010 Producers Ileen Maisel and Bob Balaban are developing a film remake of South Pacific 22 In May 2013 Michelle Williams has been offered the part of Nellie Forbush in the remake Rodgers Hammerstein S South Pacific 23 See alsoedit List of American films of 1958 Referencesedit SOUTH PACIFIC U British Board of Film Classification 19580328 Retrieved 20121117   South Pacific 1958 Box Office Mojo website Box Office Mojo LLC Retrieved 20081102   Solomon Aubrey Twentieth Century Fox A Corporate and Financial History The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series Lanham Maryland Scarecrow Press 1989 ISBN 9780810842441 p251 Box officebusiness for South Pacific 1958 IMDb com IMDb com Inc Retrieved 20081102   a b c d Notes for South Pacific TCM com a b c d e f g h i Articles for South Pacific TCM com Wide Screen Movies Magazine   Wide Screen Movies Magazine   All Time Domestic Champs Variety 6 January 1960 p 34 Wide Screen Movies Magazine   South Pacific Widescreen Weekend 2005 report in70mm com 20050314 Archived from the original on 20080617 Retrieved 20081102   FotoKem Restores South Pacific in70mm News www in70mm com 20060126 Retrieved 20081102   50th Anniversary Bluray for South Pacific Announced   a b South Pacific Original Soundtrack Original Soundtrack Songs Reviews Credits AllMusic   ChartArchive South Pacific UK Chart runLink redirected to OCC website The 31st Academy Awards 1959 Nominees and Winners oscars org Retrieved 20110821   Academy Awards Database Oscars org AMPAS Retrieved 20081102   AFIs 100 Years 100 Passions Nominees PDF Retrieved 20160819   AFIs 100 Years 100 Songs PDF American Film Institute Retrieved 20160819   AFIs 100 Years 100 Songs Nominees PDF Retrieved 20160819   AFIs Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees PDF Retrieved 20160819   Hetrick Adam 8 July 2010 Film Remake of South Pacific in Development Playbill Retrieved 19 January 2017   Hetrick Kevin Jagernauth 10 May 2013 Michelle Williams Offered Lead In Remake Of ‘South Pacific’ Indiewire Retrieved 19 January 2017   External linksedit South Pacific on IMDb South Pacific at the TCM Movie Database South Pacific at AllMovie