South Pacific (1958)
An outstanding musical score and gorgeous scenery provide the backdrop for this story of love and duty on a tiny South Pacific island during World War II.
Love blossoms on a South Seas island during World War II in this splashy screen production of the hit Broadway musical. A Navy nurse falls for a French planter, an American lieutenant woos a fetching native girl and an assortment of sailors lust after female military personnel. All this amorous activity, with the attendant problems of interracial romance, provide fodder for the some of Rodger and Hammerstein’s most famous and well-loved tunes, including “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “Bali Ha’i,” and “Got to Be Taught to Hate.”
This story has something for everyone. There are the two love stories for the ladies and the war story for the men. There is comedy, drama, and music that will keep everyone entertained. They just do not make musicals like this any more. I have watched this movie many times in my lifetime and I still enjoy it every time; although now I see things that when I was younger I did not notice. For example, the age difference between the nurse and the French planter, prejudice regarding interracial romances, and the sexual references about women. But I still believe this is a fantastic movie. The times were different when this movie was made.