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South Pacific


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Mar 31, 2009

MPAA Rating:

Not Rated

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Mitzi Gaynor

Rossano Brazzi

John Kerr


1958 20th Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: South Pacific.

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Overall B
Run Time157

Making the Grades

In the midst of World War II, Lieutenant Joseph Cable (John Kerr) flies into the Solomon Islands to prepare for a mission that will roadblock the Japanese from making further advances towards America. But Cable's task is anything but a walk on the beach. First he must convince French local Emile de Becque (Rossano Brazzi) to be a scout with him on a nearby island under Japanese occupation.

Facing an extreme risk of being discovered by the Japanese, de Becque's decision is made more difficult after setting eyes upon Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor), whom he meets "across a crowded room." Forbush heads up the nursing contingent of the local US Naval base, and is just as smitten with the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Cable takes a few moments away from his official duties to explore another nearby island, the mysterious Bali Ha'i, where the seasoned trader of wares, Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall), offers him her most precious article--the lovely Liat (France Nuyen)--her Tonganese daughter.

Heavy on the romance and light on the pounding war that was surrounding them, South Pacific affirms that love isn't blind after both Cable and Forbush are presented with separate scenarios that test their tolerance toward those of a different color. Diving into aspects of prejudice, both characters yearn to overlook embedded attitudes that are driving their romances oceans apart.

Fortunately, when the going gets tough, characters usually break into song. Armed with a battery of classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein's famous score, Forbush attempts to wash that man right out of her hair, while Cable cajoles with the men in affirming that there's nothin' like a dame... especially when you're planning some enchanted evening.

Aside from a handful of minor profanities, a few bikinis (al la 1950's), talk of war and women, the greatest concern for parents may be Cable's eagerness in getting to know Liat. Fortunately, the production code of the time keeps their implied relationship very vague.

Academy Award nominated for cinematography, this colorful epic (in some scenes the sky is literally canary yellow) is best viewed in the wide screen DVD or VHS version, providing more Pacific in the picture.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about South Pacific.

There is very little military action in this film even though it’s set in a war zone. The Navy men depicted here are anxious to fight, and the wounded men are portrayed as nicely recovering and in good spirits. Do you think this is an accurate picture of war?

In one scene Nellie argues she was born with prejudices she’s powerless to overcome. But Joe Cable claims bigotry is something you are taught. Where do you think these feelings and attitudes come from? Can they be changed?

News & Views About South Pacific:

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Details on home video releases of South Pacific...

South Pacific: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc

Release Date: 31 March 2009

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific celebrates its 50th Anniversary with this 2-disc Blu-ray release. Authored in BD-J with AVEC (MPEG 4) compression on two dual-layer 50GB discs, the movie is presented in widescreen format with audio tracks recorded in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English), 4.0 Dolby Surround (English), Stereo (English), and 5.1 Dolby Digital (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin.

Bonus extras include audio commentaries (by President Ted Chapin of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and by musical theater writer Gerard Alessandrini), English Sing-A-Long Karaoke subtitles, and a Songs-Only option.

As well there are:

-Extended Road Show Version (with 15 additional minutes of footage).

-Commentary by Film Historian Richard Barrios.

- Passion, Prejudice and South Pacific: Creating An American Masterpiece (a full-length documentary).

- Making Of South Pacific .

-60 Minutes Exclusive: The Tales of the South Pacific (with Diane Sawyer and writer James Michener).

-Fox Movietone News: South Pacific on the Screen   A Perfect Hit and State Department Confers High Honor on South Pacific.

-Vintage Stage Excerpts Performed by Original Broadway Stars Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza (Some Enchanted Evening and A Wonderful Guy).

-Mitzy Gaynor Screen Test.

-Original Theatrical Trailer.

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