The Sound of Music

Synopsis: In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowe
Director(s): Robert Wise
Production: 20th Century-Fox
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations.
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172 min

- But how do you make her stay

- And listen to all you say?

How do you keep a wave upon the sand?

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

How do you hold a moonbeam... your hand?

You may go in now, Maria.

Come here, my child.

Now sit down.

Reverend Mother, I'm sorry.

I couldn't help myself.

- The hills were beckoning and before...

- Dear.

I haven't summoned you for apologies.

Please let me ask for forgiveness.

If you'll feel better.

Yes, you see,

the sky was so blue today...

...and everything was so green and

fragrant, I had to be a part of it.

The Untersberg led me higher like

it wanted me to go through the clouds.

Suppose darkness had come

and you were lost?

Mother, I could never be lost

up there.

That's my mountain.

I was brought up on it.

It was the mountain that led me

to you.

When I was a child,

I would come down and climb a tree...

...and look in your garden.

I'd see the sisters at work

and hear them sing.

Which brings me to another

transgression, Reverend Mother.

I was singing out there today.

Only in the abbey do we have rules

about postulants singing.

I can't stop wherever I am.

Worse, I can't seem to stop

saying things.

Everything I think and feel.

Some call that "honesty."

Oh, but it's terrible,

Reverend Mother!

You know how Sister Berthe makes me

kiss the floor after a disagreement?

Lately, I kiss the floor

when I see her coming to save time.


...when you saw us over the wall

and longed to be with us...

...that didn't mean you were prepared

for the way we live here, did it?

No, Mother, but I pray and I try.

And I am learning. I really am.

What is the most important lesson

you have learned here?

To find out what is the will of God

and do it wholeheartedly.

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Ernest Lehman

Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. more…

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