In 1965, a classic was born. That movie was The Sound of Music. This musical drama was an adaptation of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name. In November of 1966, The Sound of Music became the highest grossing movie of all time AND it took home 5 Academy Awards, one of which was for Best Picture.
Some say The Sound of Music saved Twentieth Century Fox from going under after their movie Cleopatra didn’t earn enough to cover the cost of making it. To put things into perspective, it cost around $42 million to make Cleopatra and the budget to make The Sound of Music was just over $8 million. The Sound of Music really raked it in and saved Twentieth Century Fox.
While the movie was a commercial success, some movie critics didn’t have the nicest things to say. One was movie critic Pauline Kael who wrote a review of the movie for McCalls Magazine and said the film was “the sugar-coated lie people seem to want to eat” and that audiences have “turned into emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.” Well, that comment didn’t bode well with the female readers of McCalls Magazine and according to a New York Times article from 1966 she was fired as their movie critic.
She wasn’t the only one that had issue with one. One of the main stars of the film hated it for years and years and even called it horrible names such as “The Sound of Mucus.” In my podcast, find out which actor this was and if they ever changed their tune!
On the movie’s 50th anniversary, critic Leonard Maltin said the film is timeless and he said the opening scene with Julie Andrews is hard to beat.
Not only was the movie a hit in the United States. It was a hit worldwide. In the Philippines the crowds trying to get tickets got so unruly that police had to be called in.
On February 29, 1976, viewers were able to watch The Sound of Music for the first time on television. ABC had the rights to air the movie one time and the viewership that night was high. In 1977, NBC acquired the broadcast rights and for twenty years aired it annually. It still airs yearly on various networks and you can find The Sound of Music on multiple streaming platforms. For me as well as millions of other fans out there, we’ve seen the film numerous times thanks to television.
This film showed people how beautiful Salzburg, Austria is. Fans from around the world travel there each year (well, before Covid) and take tours of the sights seen in the film. Since most of us can’t hop on a plane tomorrow and go take that tour, I found an online tour for you. And it’s free!
In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll ask you ten trivia questions from the movie and give you some amazing fun facts.
Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.