See What Casts of Classic Movie, ‘Sound Of Music’ Look Like 55 Years After
If you grew up during the 70s and 80s, I’m sure you must have watched this classic movie, ‘Sound of Music.’ It was part of the unforgettable childhood memories that people born in that area will never forget. The memorable sing-along lyrics of the songs in that movie are still sung even by children of this generation.
It is an evergreen movie that will be watched by kids of generations to come because it strikes a chord in every child and also brings out the child in adults as it takes you down memory lane. It makes you nostalgic and reminds you of your childhood days.
The Sound of Music is a masterpiece! It is such a great romantic and comedic movie of all time!! The story itself is amazing as is the singing and dancing. The casting was perfect. I love the music and the kid’s voices so much that I practically memorized all the songs as a child and would sing along with them.
The soundtrack is also marvelous; it includes: ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘The Hills Alive with the Sound of Music’, ‘Sixteen Going on 17’ and ‘Edelweiss’, to name only a few.
The Sound of Music is an American musical film released in 1965. This movie reigned for five years as the highest-grossing film in history. Its breathtaking photography and its many memorable songs helped it to become an enduring classic.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of The Sound of Music which first captivated audiences in 1965. Let’s look at how this movie actually started and what the stars look like now after 55 years.
Short summary of the movie for those who are yet to watch this evergreen film:
In the movie, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing the title song. The Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) decided that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer).
When she arrived at the Trapp home, Maria discovered that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children also very rigid, at least, whenever the Captain is around. Otherwise, the kids are terrors, as demonstrated by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses.
But Maria soon made the children to love and respect her; especially oldest daughter Liesl (Charmian Carr), who is in love with teenage messenger boy Rolf.
As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Eleanor Parker).
But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song ‘Something Good.’ Sadly, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria.
Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl’s boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the ‘glories’ of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer. The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria.
According to Wikipedia, The Sound of Music received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film also received two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical.
You can’t help but fall in love with Julie Andrews’ Oscar-nominated performance in this picture. Unfortunately, they don’t make movies like this anymore.
In fact, these days, parents need to be very careful and watchful to know what their kids are viewing; especially on cable networks. You would be surprised that even cartoons these days carry inappropriate contents kids are not supposed to watch all in the name of ‘modern times’!
Maria and her Captain, Von Trapp
Indeed, Sound of Music is unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny; but it will win over the hearts of anyone with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.
The incurably handsome, subtly grieving, widowed Captain von Trapp, acted by handsome Christopher Plummer was always the heartthrob in the movie, while Maria, acted by Julia Andrews warmed our hearts with her innocence and singing prowess.
It would interest you to know that although they didn’t get married in real life, Maria (Julia) and her captain; (Plummer) maintained a close friendship that transcended the years.
Their close friendship started during the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’ and half a century later is still going strong. Andrews’s husband, Blake Edwards, directed Plummer in The Return of the Pink Panther in 1975, and they remained friendly until the director’s death, in 2010.
Blake Edwards and Julia Andrews had been married for over 45 years while Christopher Plummer has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1970. Christopher Plummer is 90 years old and still appeared in movies even in his 80s while Julie Andrews is 84 years and also acting.
50th anniversary celebration of Sound of Music; what some of the casts look like now
In 2015, the cast and crew celebrated in a big way the 50th anniversary of Sound of Music.
Julie Andrews and several members of the cast of The Sound of Music had a heartwarming reunion at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1965 musical movie, arguably America’s favorite family film.
Three actresses who played von Trapp daughters in The Sound of Music attended the reunion—Heather Menzies, 65 (Louisa), Debbie Turner, 58 (Marta) and Kym Karath, 56 (the youngest, Gretl).
Some of the actors are dead while few of them are still alive. Scroll down to see what some of them look like now after 55 years.
This movie indeed brings back so many fond childhood memories for me, I don’t know about you.
Sound of music is simply the happiest movie and so full of love, love and love. What more can I say about the movie? I haven’t seen a better movie personally all these years. I wish we could have more of these beautiful flicks and beautiful people who can make this world a better place to love
In 50 years’ time, this will still be shown and still loved by those people that their parents and grandparents loved back in the 60’s. Mark my word!
So join me to remember the good old days when movies where movies!
Scroll down to relive some of the memorable times in that movie in pictures:
If you also loved Sound of Music as much as I did, drop your comments below and tell us your favourite part of the movie and also your favourite cast.
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