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South Pacific (1958) (NR) Release Date: November 4th, 2018
Runtime: 2 hr. 47 min.
Director: Joshua Logan
Genres: Musical, Drama
Starring: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Academy Award-winning "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece. The breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written: "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime" and more.
South Pacific ranks among the most celebrated of Rodgers and Hammerstein's acclaimed musicals.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning short stories by James Michener, the film takes place in the South Seas during World War II. Lt. Joseph Cable (John Kerr) arrives on one of the U.S.-occupied Tokinese islands to run a reconnaissance mission against the Japanese, and as he prepares, he falls under the region's exotic spell and becomes entranced with Liat (France Nuyen), daughter of feisty local trader Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall). A romance blossoms, but Cable's deep-seeded racial biases impede its progress. In the film's parallel narrative, sprightly Navy nurse Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor) has similar problems. The Arkansas native – by her own admission a "cockeyed optimist" – has fallen in love with French expatriate Emile De Becque (Rossano Brazzi), a rich plantation owner many years her senior. De Becque has led a colorful, turbulent life and views Nellie as his last chance at happiness. Yet when Nellie discovers Emile has fathered two mixed-race children, her Southern bigotry flares up and she breaks off the relationship. The balance of the picture looks at how these two love affairs play out, how the characters deal with their prejudices, and how the war intervenes.
Rodgers and Hammerstein Film Series presentation, Tickets are $8 per individual film or $7 when all 4 features are purchased at the same time. Series tickets are only available at the theatre. Other shows and dates are: 'Carousel' October 21 & 22 - 'The King and I' November 25 & 26 and 'The Sound of Music' December 16 & 17.