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.