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The mediocre adaptation of the Rodger's & Hammerstein musical. Gaynor was nominated for a Golden Globe as an American nurse whose romance with Brazzi is complicated by her bigotry; also Kerr has a romance with an exotic beauty. Winning an Oscar for Sound, and with Oscar- nominated photography; the film unfortunately is over- long and boring, despite it's size, music and issues of race. Lackluster and a disappointment. I give it a 2.5/5.
A couple of things ruined it...
The filters really needed to go. They were quite distracting to the entire film. There were some cute parts, but the plot was a bit strange. It appears that others on here really like this film...was I the only one who found it a bit ridiculous that the strange woman "Bloody Mary" basically pimped out her teen daughter to a sailor she didn't even know - a total stranger? Couldn't get into that plot line. I adore musicals, but this one was not one of my favorites, unfortunately. Giving it 3 stars for at least it had decent singing vocals.
- brett johnstone
I totally adore this film, AND the color filters, which people endlessly complain about. Enough already! They add a fabulous, exotic, theatrical mood to the songs, which seperate them from the action, and in the original deeply curved Todd-AO presentation, which some cities never saw, the startling impact of the colour was something new and thrilling. In this little country at the bottom of the world it ran at the same cinema for nearly two years. The cast is perfect, the songs are pretty much all there, and perfectly sung, and apart from a minor lapse into silliness regarding the character of Luther Billis, it's a ravishing, stunning film, and without a doubt the best of the great R& H films. It's the only one you can watch today, and not cringe at. It was mega smash hit at the time, filters and all, so come on, give it its due, it's stunning. And to take the filters out would make it a different film altogether. The new Bluray transfer is great too by the way. I only wish they could put back the trimmed footage and restore full colour to those scenes. With one minor exception, the dialogue that's there is essential to the plot, so trimming them to cut the running time was a huge mistake. I sitill believe that the original Todd -AO was the greatest wide screen process ever. It was like 3D without glasses, and I will never forget it.
Filters in Paradise?
- Robert Craig
A great musical, well sung and acted, but nearly ruined by too many camera filters. How can one justify being so artsy about color when facing the most exotic scenery anywhere in the world.
- Ray Marlitz
Navy men like girls, Girls like foreigners
- Craig Brewster
Especially like the singing SeaBees, Beats the dry movies now being made.
South Pacific (1958)
- Jay Higgins
This has many of the elements that make me dislike musicals. It's overblown, WAY overlong, too many poor songs, too lively and colorful and soooo fake. The acting isn't particularly good. It does have top notch production values, but overall it was too nauseating for me.
I think this is one of the Greatest Musical love stories ever scripted,I think I have seen it at least 80 times .we need more films of this genre,and the world would be better off.
I watched this movie years ago and I love it as much now as I did then. I always loved the song "Younger than Springtime". Whenever I watch the movie I can't wait for it to be springtime! This movie is deffinantly a classic!
I think this movie is the best!!! The scenery and the music is excellant! I am only 18 and I love old movies, especially musicals. I think this is one of the best I've seen. I watched it with my twin sister,and we both LOVED the song "Younger Than Springtime". It's one of our favorite songs now. I also think the other songs by Rogers & Hammerstein are wonderful and beautiful. This movie is definetly worth watching!!!!!!!
'Younger Than Springtime'...
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
I saw "South Pacific" on a huge theatre screen as a boy, and the beautiful scenery and Rodgers & Hammerstein music amazed me. Seeing it as an adult, those things still impress my senses, but this film is a little dated. However it has to be seen as a product of the 1950's. Mitzi Gaynor sang her own songs, but the singing voices of Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr and Juanita Hall were actually the voices of Giorgio Tozzi, Bill Lee, and Muriel Smith, respectively. A good movie, worth watching.