23. 'The Sound of Music'
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This is a hard concept for kids today to believe, but not all that long ago,
there were no on-demand movies. Not many people had the equipment to play rented
VHS or Beta tapes at home. So when it came time for the annual broadcast of the
"The Sound of Music," which won five Academy Awards in 1965, including Best
Picture, it was a big deal ... a very big deal: three hours of blissful watching
of a movie that has everything — romance, singing, dancing, Nazis, danger,
complicated nuns, even references to kitten whiskers.
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You probably know the plot: An unlikely nun candidate played by the wonderful
Julie Andrews is sent to become the governess to seven motherless offspring of
the sour and serious Captain Von Trapp. She expects to ready them for their new
mother, a sexy smoky-eyed Baroness. Something else altogether happens. It is, of
course, a sweet and idealized movie that takes liberties with the true story
it's based on. It's too sappy for many. Christopher Plummer, who played the
gruff Captain, jokingly called it "The Sound of Mucus." What's
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But there's a
reason it was the top box office hit of all time for seven years, taking the
crown from "Gone with the Wind" before "The Godfather" passed it by. The movie
is what we all at some point wish our lives to be: filled with love, desire,
laughter, music and heart. — Martha Brockenbrough
(Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music"/20th Century Fox/Everett/Rex