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South Pacific


Mar 19, 1958

Latest Home Video

Mar 31, 2009

MPAA Rating

Not Rated


Mitzi Gaynor
Rossano Brazzi
John Kerr


1958 20th Century Fox

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This classic musical tells the tale of two Americans struggling to overcome prejudice while serving in the South Pacific during World War II -- although the Rogers and Hammerstein production focuses more on the song and dance than the inner conflict.

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Why Is South Pacific Rated Not Rated?

South Pacific is rated Not Rated THe MPAA did not rate South Pacific due to its release prior to 1968.

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Overall: B A musical tale of two Americans struggling to overcoming prejudice while serving in the South Pacific during World War II, although it focuses more on the song and dance than the inner conflict.

Violence: B Airplanes are shot at on several occasions. Souvenir seller displays shrunken head. Man talks about killing another man in self-defense. Bound and squealing pig shown at boar ceremony. Man dances on hot coals. Pranksters throw dart at man hitting him in the backside. Hole shot in tail of airplane. Man makes angry threats to navy man who disobeyed orders. Man accidentally falls from plane, but is saved by parachute. Inflatable boat dropped on man. Men shot at in several scenes. Planes drop bombs. Recovering wounded men shown in hospital. Men bury dead body.

Sexual Content: B- All characters clothing reflects the warm climate, with shirtless men and women in short shorts, bikini tops, and bathing suits, as well as depictions of native people wearing typical south pacific traditional dress. Men deprived of female company sing about their admiration of a feminine figure. Several instances of men talking about looking for female company. Foreign woman calls man “saxy” Body parts masked or covered in bathing suits during shower scenes. Several depictions of unmarried couples hugging and kissing. Sexual relationship implied between unmarried man and woman. The phrases “lover” and “make love” are used. Girls wear dance costumes, show legs and swing hips in dance sequence accompanying song with some sexual references. Cross-dressing man wears grass skirt and coconut-shell bra.

Language: B At least: 11 mild profanities (some appearing in lyrics of a song and a character’s name). Some mild name calling and teasing also depicted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B Secondary character smokes cigar on several occasions. Main characters engage in social drinking in several scenes, one of which has character admitting to being drunk.

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South Pacific was produced in a made-for-TV movie in 2001. Check our review of this updated version. For a look at other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals see our reviews of The Sound Of Music and The King And I.

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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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