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South Pacific (2001)

During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war ... See full summary »

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Richard Pearce

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James A. Michener (novel), Oscar Hammerstein II (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Nellie Forbush
Harry Connick Jr. ... Lt. Joseph Cable
Rade Serbedzija ... Emile de Becque (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Jack Thompson ... Captain George Brackett
Lori Tan Chinn ... Bloody Mary
Ilene Graff ... Singing Ngana
Natalie Mendoza ... Liat
Simon Burke ... Harbison
Steve Bastoni ... Bus Adams
Kimberley Davies ... Luann
Robert Pastorelli ... Luther Billis
Craig Ball Craig Ball ... Austin
Damon Herriman ... Professor
Salvatore Coco ... DeVito
Peter Lamb ... Bruno
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During World War II in the South Pacific love is found between a young nurse, Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close) and an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (Rade Serbedzija). The war is tearing them apart. Written by Ryan Briggs

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The musical number "Happy Talk" (sung by Bloody Mary) has been cut from this version of the musical because it was considered too politically incorrect. The song is never cut from stage productions of "South Pacific", and was included in the 1958 film version. See more »

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The Grumman Goose seaplane used in the filming had retractable floats. The retractable floats weren't added to the Gooses till the late 1950's. See more »

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Version of South Pacific (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Bloody Mary
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by chorus
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Not recommended for the die-hard old school fans.
22 July 2003 | by Registered_UserSee all my reviews

This version of South Pacific is not half bad....that's the good half. The other half is bad, very bad indeed.

You'll notice straight away there are actually black people in the navy and no one wears tighty-whities or midriff bearing t-shirts. Amen for that! But, hey, who had the bright idea of casting Glenn Close as a twenty-somthing? Oh yeah....GLENN CLOSE. Much too old for Nellie. I'd believe she's in her late thirties at the youngest. When she sings "Cockeyed Optimist" the pancake layers of white concealer is woefully apparent. (She and the other navy women wear these khaki slacks which are really unflattering to the hind region!) And what about the character of her love interest, Emile? This guy looks like the spazzed out postal worker who delivers my mail on a daily basis. I wouldn't believe for one minute he's wealthy or dashing!

Luther seems like a dude who just took a nasty fall out of 1984 and unwittingly stumbled into a reality show called "World War II". You almost feel sorry for him.

Most disappointing of all, however, was Bloody Mary. Everyone take cover and duck! She sounds like Roseanne Barr after an all nighter alcohol and heroin binge. Her singing voice? It's slightly better, with the attributes of a cat being painfully executed. Overall she just screams, "Am I Pacific-Islander enough? Am I offending as many people as I can?" How 'bout them lips on Cable?! There was a semidramatic close-up during the Bali Hai number where I thought those things were gonna come through the screen and smother me alive!

With that being said, let's not dwell any longer on the negative. As aforementioned, some aspects of the musical were well done. No weird purple and orange lighting, mostly good vocal performances, and better costumes made this worthwhile. Also, I noticed the musical numbers were sequenced differently (probably to make it faster paced). Even with the unfortunate absence of Stew Pot, I would watch it again!


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