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A Movie A Day: Quint finally sees THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
Do, a deer, a female deer. Re, a drop of golden sun...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] So, yeah. I’ve finally seen it. I was talking to my mother the other night and even she was surprised I hadn’t seen THE SOUND OF MUSIC. But now I have joined the majority of film-goers out there and have plugged a rather sizable hole in my film knowledge. And I was absolutely floored by the movie. It practically dares you to watch it with even a sliver of cynicism. The film radiates good vibes, happiness and sunshine.

Or maybe that’s just me being head over heels in love with Julie Andrews. Honestly… early to mid-1960s Julie Andrews is my ideal woman. Her beautiful blue eyes, that accent, her adorable face, her voice that makes me all warm inside. She just radiates goodness. When I was very young my Grandmother tried to teach me how to play piano, but I didn’t have the dedication to practice. I wish I had, I’d love to play piano today and I constantly consider taking lessons… but out of her songbook, she’d always play and sing Do-Re-Mi. I knew it came from this movie, but the nostalgia the song has for me is powerful and strong. I was all smiles watching this flick. I was a little worried about the long running time going in, but when the intermission came up I thought there was a mistake and I leaned on the DVD remote, skipping chapters. The first half of the movie is effortless and is my favorite part of the film. The brakes are applied a bit once Maria (Andrews) is scared out of the Von Trapp’s mansion by her feelings towards Captain Von Trapp (and his feelings towards her) and the Nazi’s taking over Austria feels like a completely different movie all together, but by that time I was in love with Maria and pulling for her and the Von Trapp children to escape the evil Nazis, so I rolled with it. I had heard a lot about this film over the years, but one thing that isn’t mentioned very often is just how great Christopher Plummer is as the tight-ass family head who has to learn how to relax, sing and love his children again. He gives the most nuanced performance of the picture, having the broadest arc of all the characters. It’s impossible to take your eyes off of him every time he’s onscreen. Plummer is imposing, but even from the first moment you see him you know he’s a sad man, an almost tragic figure… he would be a tragic figure if Maria hadn’t come in to his life when she did. Richard Haydn also keeps things light and funny as Uncle Max. He is definitely the comic relief, always there with a smart-ass remark. Today’s subhead is one of his lines. Also look out for a colder turn from previous AMAD star Eleanor Parker (from A Hole In The Head with Frank Sinatra) as The Baroness who is also in love with The Captain and watches as her man falls for Andrews. EAST OF EDEN and THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE’s Ted McCord’s photography is vibrant, giving off just as much warmth as the performances and writing. You can definitely see the influence this had on Peter Jackson, especially with the helicopter shots, in The Lord of the Rings. Another bit of influence… It really struck me during the Captain and Maria’s scene in the gazebo just how much Paul Thomas Anderson… borrowed… from the framing and lighting for the Punch Drunk Love poster.

It’s also great how much location shooting was done, really opening up the world. Some surprises for me: The puppet sequence… both creepy and adorable. Totally unexpected.

Mary Poppins is one of my favorite movies and it was a pleasant surprise to see that THE SOUND OF MUSIC is very much a spiritual sibling to Mary Poppins. Andrews plays a similar character… without the magic and a little more innocent than Ms. Poppins. This awesome bit of trivia from IMDb: ‘According to the British tabloid The Sun, the movie was selected by BBC executives as one to be broadcast after a nuclear strike, to improve the morale of survivors. The BBC did not confirm or deny the story, saying, "This is a security issue so we cannot comment".’ Penny from the original LOST IN SPACE TV show is one of the Von Trapp kids. To name a few. This film immediately registered with me, having me smiling the whole way. It’s a feel good movie and now joins a select few that I have waiting to cheer me up if I find myself upset or stressed. There are some movies I have that instantly make me feel good… on the surface they couldn’t be more different, but The Sound Of Music joins THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and MARY POPPINS as movies that instantly put me in a happy place. I’m so very glad I’ve finally seen this and that it wasn’t a disappointing experience (like when I eagerly watched GONE WITH THE WIND, sure it was going to live up to being the great cinema it was supposed to be and just found myself watching a story filled with assholes I couldn't care less about while being bored out of my mind.). The schedule for the next 7 days is: Thursday, June 26th: TORN CURTAIN (1966) Friday, June 27th: THE LEFT HANDED GUN (1958) Saturday, June 28th: CALIGULA (1980) Sunday, June 29th: THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980) Monday, June 30th: THE GOOD FATHER (1987) Tuesday, July 1st: SHOCK TREATMENT (1981) Wednesday, July 2nd: FLASHBACK (1990) Tomorrow we follow over to Alfred Hitchcock’s TORN CURTAIN with my new girlfriend, 1960’s Julie Andrews. See you folks then. -Quint

Previous Movies: June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill

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  • June 25, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Been a long time since I saw this.

    by mrfan

    Very good movie.

  • June 25, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Is this the one...

    by LordPorkington

    With the naked vicar and the pot of boiling beans? Or am I thinking of something else?

  • June 25, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Caligula and The Elephant Man

    by akiraclass

    That would be one, um, unique double feature...

  • June 25, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    The Elephant Man huh? It's actually my favorite Lynch film and one of my favorite movies. And uh.. let's just say that there's a lesbian scene in Caligula that, along with that scene of topless chicks running in Monty Python's Meaning of Life, made up the majority of my pre-teen VHS spank bank.

  • June 25, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I fucking love this film

    by montimer

    I never realised that it was due to be broadcast after a nuclear strike. I have to say it wiuld cheer me up. I watched it on New Year's Day 2000. I wonder if the BBC had scheduled it in case the millenium bug struck?

  • June 25, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    This is one of the few "classic" movies I cannot stand.

    by a goonie

    Other than the gorgeous opening shot, the movie plays like a cheese grater to the brain for me. Those damn kids. Oh God how I hate those kids. And I know it's a different time, a different way of doing things, but I've never seen kids in any pre-1970s movie be as annoying as the little dinks from The Sound of Music. I like Julie Andrews, I really like Christopher Plummer, of course I like Robert Wise, but I can't muster up any like or love for this movie.

  • June 25, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I see the Elephant Man is on the list.

    by O_Goncho

    Which I just happen to have bought from HMV for like £3 the other day. Finally a Movie a Day movie I can actually join in on! I still haven't seen the Sound of Music... something... keeps... stopping me.

  • June 25, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Damn, good job keeping this up Quint

    by Kevin Bosch

  • June 25, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I'm glad you liked it!

    by buffywrestling

    And yeah, this movie is also my "I feel like shit; think I'll watch Sound of Music" therapy. When I was a child, I used to watch this everyyear with my mom but as a teen I didn't see it for awhile. Seeing it as an adult though just shows how much Saltzberg and the surrounding countryside is filmed to become like another character in the film. Just some amazing shots of architecture and wide open spaces. <p> Plummer is kick ass in this film, him and his little fucking whistle. My favorite part of the film - which I rewind a couple of times - his when him and Julie Andrews are arguing on the terrace and he mistakingly calls her, "Captain". It's just such a telling moment and he plays it perfectly, still stoic but with a bit of "oh fucking hell" underneath. He's just such a guy that would never make too many mistakes or heaven forbid - lose his cool! <p> Speaking of cool (or downright frosty) I didn't think The Baroness was actually that bad. She had a stiff upper and was a quite a - if I can be muggle for a moment - pureblood. But she wasn't downright nasty. Manipulative yes. But she knew when to give over. <p> Julie Andrews singing. When I showed this movie to my husband the first time, he said to me, "She's a bell." Him being a musician, I knew what he meant and he didn't have to explain. Her voice is clarity. When I heard that the top notes of her soprano voice were gone and the surgery she had failed to restore it, it was little kick in the guts. <p> Anyway, I rambling now. But I was looking forward to this all week! But to end on a typical TB tenor: <p> Hey Quint, did you see your girlfriend's rack in S.O.B? <p> Nipplely!!

  • June 25, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    The hills are alive...

    by Ricky Retardo

    with the sound of mucus.

  • June 25, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    So THAT'S why they watch Sound of Music in THE POSTMAN

    by Hagrid1

    Cracked me up that this might be why they watch SOUND OF MUSIC in Costner's THE POSTMAN. Kevin Costner either had a good screenwriter doing research... the author of the book did decent research... or they lucked the fuck out.

  • June 25, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2!!! DO EET NOW!!!

    by theredtoad

    GED DO DA CHOPPAH!<p>anyways..

  • June 25, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    quint, i realize i'm a nerd

    by occula

    and everybody else is posting on the dark knight TB, but i had to put in my 2 cents. this is one of those films i'm really glad you now put into your brain, but if you have 45 more minutes you should watch the intriguing extras doc about the real maria von trapp. it's quite fascinating in light of the film and how hollywood chose to portray a not overly pleasant woman and her shlubby husband. please keep in mind i'm a huge fan of this film since childhood and also have creepy back-in-time amor for christopher plummer's hotness.

  • June 25, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Spider-man is in this movie!

    by Monkeybrains

    Nicholas Hammond plays I think the oldest Von Trapp boy, don't remember his name. <p> Comfort movie is Evil Dead 2. Seriously

  • June 25, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Excellent idea, SoylentMean!

    by Mavra Chang

    Mine would be "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". Ricardo Montalban going vigilante and brain-destroying slugs in much more awesome can you get?

  • June 25, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    its quint's moms fault

    by bacci40

    how he could go his entire childhood without seeing this movie is just sad...interesting trivia...the woman who ghosted the singing voices for many a hollywood actress, and took ms andrews place on the disney records for mary poppins, plays a nun in this movie...marni nixon....she still sings today, and has a beautiful voice...and no, im not gay...but i love bette davis too...

  • June 25, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I still have (almost) no interest in seeing this.

    by jmyoung666

    Just think most musicals are silly. Hedwig rocked though.

  • June 25, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    You like musicals, don't you dad?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    No I don't, I think they're BAD! They're FAKE and PHONY and totally WRONG...! ~ Wake up dad, you're singing a SONG!

  • June 25, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    First movie on the list I've seen

    by Dreamwriter

    Definitely a winner of a movie. And a fun one to show others, because nobody ever knows there's nazi's in it!

  • June 25, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    you either Love or Hate this one

    by Larry of Arabia

    I know people who hate this movie with a passion bordering on mania. When I ask why they say because it's so upbeat, happy, and simple. Well, yeah. This movie is an eager puppy. That happens to be why I like it. To each their own, but I reserve the right to think of you as a cynical pricks.

  • June 25, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

    by TheyCallMeMisterBay

    Damn You MCMLXXVI

  • June 25, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    John Merrick did stand-up comedy

    by HypeEndsHere

    it's true...

  • June 25, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    HATE this fucking movie.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I had to watch this CONSTANTLY as a kid, because it was my sister's favorite film. That meant that I saw it every time it played on The Wonderful World of Disney (back in those days, we only had one television in the house) and then when VCRs became popular, and they finally put it on tape, we watched it ALL THE TIME. <p> I loathe this movie. Every moment of it is torture for me. The only movies I hate more are "The Neverending Story" and "The Black Stallion."

  • June 25, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Quint do yourself a favor

    by rhcp2sweet

    and see every hitchcock you haven't seen. After watching Spellbound for the first time tonight, I'm floored by how innovative and utterly fantastic his films are.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Adjusting for inflation...

    by Liberty Valance

    It's the #3 highest grossing movie of all time, according to boxofficemojo. Higher than ET, Titanic and Jaws, to name a few. Pretty fuckin impressive.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I'm going to tell you right now...

    by Don Lockwood

    ...skip over Flashback. You will be sorry that you don't get that time back in your life if you don't.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    No movies pre 1970 with annonying kids? You kidding?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    How about Shane? I'm amazed Alan Ladd didnt go up to him at one point and say "Kid, if you say the word Shaaaaaaaayyyyyyynnnnnneee" in that snivelly whiny voice one more time than you have to, I'll sell you to the creepy guy with the sleazy smile who drives the ice cream truck in my neighborhood." Or how about that mouthy little bastard in the cowboy uniform in "The Narrow Margin". Watching him, one can see defense lawyers being inspired to prep strategies for stepparents who beat their kids.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    "Sound of Music" and no one mentions Pauline Kael

    by JackRabbitSlim

    This was the movie she got fired from "McCalls" for eviscerating this movie. Too bad Christopher Plummer didn't wine and dine her before hand: she was notoriously susceptible to flattery. As for me - meh - I prefer West Side Story in terms of musical but don't love or loathe Sound.

  • June 26, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Quint .........

    by Be_a_zed

    are you fucking insane ??? I hate this film, hate it, hate it, hate it.

  • June 26, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by Be_a_zed

  • June 26, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by Be_a_zed

  • Hehe just playing dude. Glad you liked it - it's definitely a film for the non-cynical film(musical) lovers among us. Now take another listen to Outkast's 'My Favorite Things'.

  • June 26, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST

    What about the songs lol

    by giger167

    It's a little odd in an article about the greatest musical of all time (probably) you failed to mention much about it containing some of the most popular songs ever recorded, and also failed to mention it contained probably the greatest Rogers and Hammerstein score ever put to film lol :) A slight oversight on your part lol :)

  • June 26, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by theDORK

    Here's the deal...I'd have called for the truck with the rubber walls and the guys in the white coats with the large butterfly net to grab Maria the ex-nun. How would you feel if you were minding your own business, walking around Austria if, all of a sudden, you saw this wacky cluck running around, singing sappy songs with a group of kids? She even dressed them all in matching window curtains. WINDOW CURTAINS! I'm guessing those kids were scarred for life, being dragged around in public like that, in matching ugly window curtains, singing sappy songs. Talk about child abuse.

  • June 26, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Best line ever regarding the Soung of Music

    by Yeti

    Was in Don Roo's "The Opposite of Sex"....."I feel just like the Baroness from the Sound of Music. Everybody hates me and all I want to do is shove that damn guitar up that nuns ass."

  • June 26, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Best line ever regarding the Soung of Music

    by Yeti

    Was in Don Roo's "The Opposite of Sex"....."I feel just like the Baroness from the Sound of Music. Everybody hates me and all I want to do is shove that damn guitar up that nuns ass."

  • June 26, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Never got past the title

    by Dazzler69

    Chick flick alert! Nazi's eh? Still no interest. Most over hyped film ever ever.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Just to ruin it for you.

    by Giant Ape Balls

    In reality Maria was a miserable bitch who all the kids hated. And they didn't escape in some daring trek across the mountains, they just got on a train.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    The Lonely Goatherd

    by cornponious

    Best. Song. Ever.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Quint Baby

    by pr1c3y

    Where is After Hours man I want to see a review about sexpest Ironside. I found an old dirty beaten VHS copy and everything.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Julie Andrews Tits

    by Kentucky Colonel

    are in Victor/Victoria. <p> Old tits, but Mary Poppins tits nonetheless.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Do a deer? No thanks, I'm not into beastiality.

    by Rolling_Stone

    It's doe a deer. Look it up.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Twas Ian Curtis' Favourite Film

    by Prague23

    According the the bio pic CONTROL which was really good, I thought. Ian Curtis being the late, great singer of Warsaw, then Joy Division. I'm planning to take the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria this Autumn. My flatmate has done it a couple of times. One of the perks of living in Prague.

  • June 26, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    A man is not a man...

    by Pizza The Hut

    ...until he has seen this movie with his mother... and his sister... and his other sister... and his girlfriend... and his dog... and his.......

  • June 26, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    You Aint seen Elephant Man!!!???


    I too had not witnessed Gone With The Wind or The Sound of Music. I don't think I'll ever bother with Wind but I tried Music and couldn't handle it's dull as fuck pace which seemed to crawl on for days so i turned it off! <P>I cry at the Elephant man everytime! All involved in that are amazing! amazing film!

  • June 26, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    CORNY! even at CHRISTMAS

    by g-ride9000

    You'll see this one on TV around Christmas. I usually skip over it and would rather watch VH1's "100 least Yule Tidey Moments"

  • June 26, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    for some reason Christopher Plummer

    by emeraldboy

    refuses to talk about this film. He never does. He doesnt do interviews so as not to be asked about this film. I think he hates the movie and has been known to end interviews if asked about this film. very odd.

  • June 26, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Shock Treatment

    by Jerri Blank

    I always liked you Quint and having read this review and your comfort films, I like you even more. Good luck with Shock Treatment. I saw it at a 2am showing after Rocky Horror during it's initial release. About 30 minutes into the film I looked around and realised that I was the only person left in the theater. And then the manager and the projectionist came in and stood against the wall and glared at me. It's a mess of film, but that did not stop me from owning the soundtrack and buying it on DVD. I love that Jessica Harper is in it. That's three cult faves of mine with her: Phantom of the Paradise, Pennies From Heaven ("Cut his thing off. I want them to cut his thing off and BURY IT!") and Shock Treatment.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I thought she flashed them in "S.O.B."

    by zacdilone

  • June 26, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Nuclear attack!!! - It's the End Of the World!!!!

    by Boba Fat

    But the sound of Music is on TV. Decisions, decisions - end of the world - Sound Of Music -end Of the world - Sound Of music. I just can't make up my mind. How about we watch until the intermission then check out the apocalypse?

  • June 26, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Hills are Aliiiiiive...

    by Damage_Inc

    With the sound of Griswaaaaald. It's as though I've been here ... for at least ... a weeeeeek.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The opening sequence

    by ArcadianDS

    remains as one of the greatest tracking shots in the history of cinema. If they tried to do that today, it would have been CGI mountains and a matrix-style freeze/pan.<p> And I declare this to be Christopher Plummer's greatest work.<p> "The Aunchlaus is coming, Admiral. The wise will rally to it early."<P> "Yes, and Im sure that you my dear friend will be the entire horn section."<p> "You flatter me, Admiral."<p> "Do I? how clumsy of me. I meant to ACCUSE you."<p> That and "I should like to sing for you a love song. It is about a love that we all share, and that I hope will never die." and then he sings their anthem.<p> Great great great moments in cinema. It should be required viewing for anyone who wants to work in movies.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    You're all a bunch of Lonely GoatHerds

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 26, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    The important thing to know about Captain von Trapp

    by Melquiades30

    That man loooooved to fuck.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    "Normal guys fall in love with Leisl instead of the f'ing nun"

    by newc0253

    mmm, Leisl.<p> that is all.<p>

  • June 26, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 3? Don't rape my childhood!

    by theredtoad

    Once Quint does Gremlins 2, my life will be complete.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    You understand that these are films Quint hasn't seen?

  • June 26, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Uncomfortable feelings

    by CaptainWalker

    This is at it's heart, a feel good movie. Any human who watches this movie, and doesn't get a warm glow, has some serious issues. However, one thing has always disturbed me about this movie, and that's how lightly it treats the Character of Rolfe. I never minded the fact that the Nazis weren't portrayed as bloodthirsty homicidal maniacs. That was stuff for different stories. But in the center of this story, was a love story that went someplace very very VERY dark! A great, missed counterpoint for the love story between Captain Von Trapp and Maria. THe Story of Rolfe and Liesl starts off all twitterpainted and happy. I keep expecting freakin unicorns and fairies to dance about after her and Rolfes escapade in the gazebo. But while the story between the Captain and Maria took off, Rolfe was turning into something unthinkably evil. If EVER there is a story SCREAMING for a revisionist remake, it is specifically the love story between Rolfe and Liesl. My god! That little twerp turned into something more horrible than Darth Vader, and I always felt like this movie was cheating me out of seeing his story.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Oh, thank God...

    by 24200124

    Finally, someone agrees with me about "Gone With The Wind". I mean, what the fuck was the point of it? Maybe, yeah, for the time it was made, it was great - but at least for me, I couldn't fucking stand it. Overlong melodrama does not speak to me. And yes, I sat through the whole movie and wasn't moved by it one bit. I'd rather watch "Steel Magnolias" twice, gouge my eyes out with an olive grabber, have my wife cut off my dick and balls and feed them to me with siling labuyo peppers (a very hot Filipino spice) before I sit through "Gone With The Wind" again.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    CaptainWalker, I get where you are coming from

    by jim

    but I think sometimes things are better left to our imagination rather then spelled out for us. We do see what Rolfe becomes. As an audience we know, without being shown, what the Nazis were all about and the horrors they would inflict on mankind. So when Rolfe has the choice of keeping quiet or sounding the alarm, we see him at that point where he can still do the right thing and stop himself from going down this path. Instead he crosses that line, a point of no-return, and fully embraces everything the Nazis stand for. It is a powerful moment without being overdone.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Captain Walker

    by ArcadianDS

    The Nazis in Sound of Music were potrayed in the light that the rest of the world viewed them at that time. They were not viewed as the eventual evil we discovered them to be, but as a dangerous nuisance. A threat yes, but an actual killing, murdering evil? Thats knowledge the world would discover later.<p> As for Rolfe, Austria was not yet part of the German empire. They had issued out their emissaries to Austria to propose that they consider joining Germany as they were, in their words, one people spiritually and culturally. Within Austria, private individuals began to rally up support for this move, and Rolf joined as well as a member of the Nazi Youth - a sort of Boy Scouts program for young men who wanted to be part of the party's agenda. It was no different than joining the Young Republicans or Young Democrats club in college. You were a gopher of sorts, but got to participate in a political movement you believed in.<p> As the movie progresses, Austria becomes part of the expanding German empire of their own will. A shotgun wedding to be sure, but not a military invasion and occupation. The loyal citizens were given authorities and positions of leadership, and the youth unions were made into a sort of police officer - the original "brown shirts". So in the cemetary, Rolfe is just a glorified eagle scout who was given a badge and a gun and made into a cop by the new government. He feels part of something, feels like a man.<P> But given a clear opportunity to show he is indeed 'one of them' he cannot pull the trigger and kill Georg. To which the Von Trapp patriarch says to him, "come with us, Rolfe. Marry my daughter. You'll never be one of them."<p> Rolfe has a choice - follow his heart and run away, or stay and be a part of something strong and powerful.<p> He chooses power and authority over love. His story is apocryphal, but one whose eventual destruction can be easily concluded. The moral of that sub-story is that we all are responsible for the choices we make as individuals. We cannot lay the responsibility of our actions on the shoulders of those who tell us where to go and who to arrest when things dont play out quite as they were promised.<p> The character of Max is also part of this tale. He's written as an old school hanger-on; Von Trappe's posse, so to speak. He's not of any wealth himself, but tags along with them to catch their crumbs. "I love the rich. I love the way they live." When the Aunschluss arrives, they're rich and powerful, and he plays his role for them as well. He knows their not exactly pious as the church choir, but thinks as long as he can keep his own nose clean, why not catch their crumbs? Its better than being a scrabbly peasant. We never see him actually leave, but we see him finally realizing that he must make a choice. He chooses to help the family escape. But he stays behind, even after being invited to go with them. We must conclude that his end was not happy, either.<p> Its something of a retelling of Noah's Ark, in a way.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    TomBodet, if you liked Transporter, you should

    by jim

    see Crank - very much like Transporter but amped up - Transporter on an adrenaline overdose.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The Good Father is on DVD???

    by m_prevette

    FANTASTIC !! Have not seen this in years, what a brilliant, sad movie this of Anthony Hopkins' BEST roles, if not THE best...Quint you're gonna love this one it is tragic brilliance ....

  • June 26, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    No friggin way is Sound of Music "greatest musical of our times"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    That would go to "West Side Story", scored by arguably the greatest American classical composer ever (aka about the 41st greatest worldwide ... but I digress...) Leonard Bernstein. And screw anyone saying Samuel Barber - one hit wonder...

  • June 26, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    My dad had a crush on the eldest daughter

    by Tacom

    Leisl, the one who was dating the Nazi telegram delivery boy.

  • June 26, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    My favorite line from tis movie...

    by Blue_Demon

    "I love the wealthy. I love how they live. I love how I live when I'm with them." HAR! Great stuff. (great movie too)

  • June 26, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    um..."tis movie" should read "this movie."

    by Blue_Demon


  • June 26, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    My favourite pick-me-up movie:

    by Knuckleduster

    ED WOOD. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • June 26, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Nazis...I hate these guys

    by Abominable Snowcone

    (Indy breaks into dance number)

  • June 26, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    To complete your Sound of Music Experience...

    by Alice Adams

    you must, MUST, attend a Sound of Music sing-a-long! It's a silly and wonderful thing to be a part of. I believe there'll be one at the Hollywood Bowl in September.

  • June 26, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Quint, you thought Melanie in GWTW was an a-hole?

    by Tacom

    Olivia Dehavilland's character was like the nicest person in that movie!

  • June 26, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    So what if Quint seen Gremlins 2, do it for the fans!

    by theredtoad

  • June 26, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Great film

    by AntoniusBloc

    and good review. Movies like this made for the big screen experience, rare today. We need to go back to the long running, wide screen epics and musicals. Most movies just these days just suck, and aren't worth ten buck and a trip to a theater where you're distracted by everyone looking at their Iphone screen and texting someone. Time to ban that too in the theater

  • June 26, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Great Movie

    by ChickenDelicious

    Not one I pick up and watch with any regularity, but there's no denying how fantastic it is. Quint is spot on.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Plummer is great in this

    by MGTHEDJ

    '"I should like to sing for you a love song. It is about a love that we all share, and that I hope will never die." and then he sings their anthem.'<p>That scene is just devestating. Since the viewer knows what the next 7-10 years are going to be like, the sense of dread and impending loss is overwhelming.-----later-----m

  • June 26, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    You've never seen this??

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I consider myself a manly guy, but this is one movie I can watch over and over. My kids love it. Christopher Plummer just radiates suave sophistication as always.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The blond Von Trapp kid went on to

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    marry Robert Urich.

  • June 27, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Do a deer...

    by diverdan

    Rolling_Stone, it is "Do a Deer". Do refers to a system of teaching sight singing as in do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti which is used in the song. This is why it's not doe, ray, me, far, sew, la, tea.

  • June 27, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Mmmmmm, Maria and Leisl

    by studmaster

    Them 2 were a few of my favorite things

  • June 29, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    yes it is a great "cheer up" movie

    by Rupee88

    I used to watch it whenever I was sick because it would make me feel this movie. Glad you fell in love with it even as an adult.

  • June 29, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    was in Playboy in the early 70s...I tracked down that issue on ebay just for her...nice.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Not only the Lost in Space kid, but ...

    by HenryVIII

    Nicholas Hammond, one of the boys, later became the 1970's version of Peter Parker/Spiderman. Oh ... god ... it's official. Shoot me, I'm a geek. :) Can't believe I know that shit.

  • July 2, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    No, Rupee88 ...

    by HenryVIII

    That wasn't Liesl that was in Playboy. Twas Heather Menzies Urich, who played the younger girl Louisa. So, big ups on the creepy factor, ya perv! :p

  • July 5, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST