Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific"


3h 2001

Brief Synopsis

Adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, based on the novel "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener, about love and loss on a remote Pacific island during World War II. The story tracks two parallel romances: one between Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse, and Emile DeBecque, a wealth

Film Details

Release Date
2001
Location
Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia; Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Synopsis

Adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, based on the novel "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener, about love and loss on a remote Pacific island during World War II. The story tracks two parallel romances: one between Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse, and Emile DeBecque, a wealthy plantation owner; and the other between a native girl and a young American Marine, Lieutenant Joseph Cable, whose secret mission on the island could change the course of the war.

Nellie is a small-town woman who joined the Navy to see the world outside her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. When she meets the arrestingly handsome Emile, the two fall in love at first sight. But Emile is hiding a secret that goes against everything Nellie was brought up to believe in, threatening their blossoming romance.

Lieutenant Cable wasn't looking for love when he arrived on the island. He is on a secret mission, reporting to Captain Brackett, to establish a coast watch on an enemy-held island to spy on the Japanese -- a mission that requires enlisting the aid of someone who knows the area well. He meets Luther Billis, a wily Seabee who runs various "businesses" and cons on the island, as well as Bloody Mary, a shrewd Tonkinese woman who uses the GIs as much as she caters to them, with her island trinkets and souvenirs. When Billis takes Cable to the exotic island of Bali Ha'i for some R&R, Mary introduces him to her beautiful daughter, Liat, and Cable falls passionately in love.

Both romances face daunting obstacles as lovers are torn apart by racial prejudice. Heartbroken and disenchanted, Cable and Emile make the decision to embark on a dangerous mission that may threaten both of their lives, unbeknownst to Nellie, who must keep up a strong front during the tragedies of war.

Crew

Sandra Alexander

Production Manager

Rick Ash

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Paul Bogaev

Music

Paul Bogaev

Music Conductor

Howard Braunstein

Executive Producer

Lisa Brennan

Property Master

Toby Churchill Brown

Dolly Grip

Anne Bruning

Unit Production Manager

Lynne Cartwright

Visual Effects Supervisor

Glenn Close

Executive Producer

Lawrence D Cohen

Executive Producer

Lawrence D Cohen

Screenplay

Martial Corneville

Hair

Brian Cox

Special Effects Supervisor

Jamie Crooks

Assistant Director

Jim Dedman

Advisor

Michel Derenevil

Other

Michel Derenevil

Pilot

Jennifer Deschamps

Unit Manager Assistant

David Dunkley

Assistant Camera Operator

Alan Dunstan

Best Boy

Phillipe Duprel

Production Assistant

Joe Earle

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Pablo Ferro

Titles

Reg Garside

Gaffer

Michael Gore

Executive Producer

Michael Gore

Music Producer

Murray Gosson

Props

Warren Grieef

Key Grip

Jane Griffin

Assistant Director

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Theme Lyrics

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Play As Source Material

Coralie Hartl

Music Contractor

Phillip Hartl

Other

Cliff Henry

Key Grip

Michael Hofacre

Associate Editor

Andrea Hood

Costumes

Geoff Howe

Construction Coordinator

Michael Jaffe

Executive Producer

Paula Jensen

Production Coordinator

Carolyn Johns

Photography

Karen Jones

Location Manager

Kerry-lee Jury

Hair Stylist

Angela Kenny

Production Accountant

Christine King

Casting

Lynzee Klingman

Editor

Deborah Lanser

Makeup Supervisor

Vivianne Laroche

Production Coordinator

Emma Lawes

Assistant Art Director

Odile Le Clezio

Dialogue Coach

John Lee

Assistant Editor

Joshua Logan

Play As Source Material

Helen Maggs

Costumes

Karen Mansfield

Script Supervisor

Andrew Matthews

Transportation Coordinator

Will Matthews

Unit Manager

Suza Maybury

Set Decorator

Nicholas Mccallum

Art Director

James A. Michener

From Story

Victoria Mielewska

Dialect Coach

Glenn T Morgan

Sound Editor

Tracey Morley

Choreographer

Joel Moss

Music

Paul Naylor

Other

Vincent Paterson

Choreographer

David Pearson

Sound Mixer

Francis Peltier

Production

Douglas Perry

Music Contractor

Craig Philpott

Assistant Camera Operator

John Platt

Camera Operator

Jem Rayner

Camera Assistant

Tom Read

Assistant Director

Leandro Righini

Boom Operator

Richard Rodgers

Music

Richard Rodgers

Play As Source Material

Phillip Roope

Location Manager

Curtis Roush

Music Editor

Noni Roy

Assistant Director

Tim Ryan

Music Editor

Christine Sacani

Producer

Steven Sallybanks

Scenic Artist

Prisque Salvi

Set Designer

Guntis Sics

Sound Mixer

Margery Simkin

Casting

Michael Small

Music

Marc Spicer

Camera Operator

Nicole Spiro

Makeup Artist

Emanda Thomas

Assistant

Gregg Thomas

Other

Kerry Thompson

Costume Supervisor

Ian Thornburn

Director Of Photography

Mark Turnbull

Assistant Director

Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Production Designer

Louise Wakefield

Costume Designer

Pamela Willis-burden

Script Supervisor

Stephen F. Windon

Director Of Photography

Lawrence Woodward

Stunt Coordinator

Lawrence Woodward

Technical Advisor

Jim Wooley

Assistant

Harold Wright

Other

Film Details

Release Date
2001
Location
Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia; Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States March 26, 2001

Released in United States on Video August 28, 2001

Previously in development at Hallmark Entertainment for the 1999-2000 season.

Estimated budget: $15,000,000

Estimated budget: $20,000,000

Began shooting July 10, 2000.

Completed shooting September 7, 2000.

The stage play, "South Pacific," opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, with Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush and Ezio Pinza as Emile de Becque. The film adaptation was released in April 1958, with Mitzi Gaynor as Nellie Forbush and Rossano Brazzi as Emile de Becque.