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Posted on Oct 10 2007 by Greg and Tim
We watched SOUTH PACIFIC with the kids recently. It had been quite a while since Suzanne and I saw it. We waited a litttle while because it has some language and themes that required them to be old enough for family discussion.



This is the 1958 big-screen version that Rodgers & Hammerstein co-produced. Unfortunately, it's mostly known for its clumsy use of color filters (which director Joshua Logan covers in his book) but if you can overlook that, the film is pretty entertaining -- and you can't beat that score, one great tune after another. It was R&H's only musical to win the Pulitzer Prize.

For Disney fans, look for James Stacy (Summer Magic and Something Wicked This Way Comes) and the voices of Thurl Ravenscroft and Bill Lee singing for Stewpot and Lt. Cable.

Nice extras on the new DVD too -- two commentaries! Did you know that actresses considered for the Nellie role included Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day and -- Liz Taylor? There's also a gloriously dated featurette that publicized the film before its release with narration that rivals those loony old school movies.
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