Friday, January 14, 2011
The Sound Of Music - The Cast Reunion
From the production stills decorating the set to the montages of both on-screen and behind-the-scenes footage to Christopher Plummer bringing the actors who played the Von Trapp children to the stage using the infamous whistle, the "Sound of Music" reunion was everything we hoped it would be.
Julie Andrews relayed a story of how the helicopter that filmed her famous opening sequence on the Austrian hill kept circling around behind her to reset for the next take and knocking her to the ground.
Plummer laughed about his rebel ways during filming, how he would cavort around the Austrian countryside, getting to know the local bars quite well. In fact, his on-screen daughter Charmian Carr (Liesl) says she learned from Plummer "how to drink," as she was 21 years old at the time of filming. She also confesses to having a huge crush on Plummer -- c'mon, who didn't have one?
Andrews also addresses her vocal problems and how she no longer has the singing voice she once did -- "I have about six good low, low notes. I can sing the hell out of 'Old Man River' if you really want me to."
A wonderful feature of the episode were these brief interviews with big fans of the movie, sharing how it impacted their lives. The real standout was a man named Rick whose wife dragged him to "The Sound of Music" a few months before he left for Vietnam -- and then while he was serving in Vietnam, he watched the movie 127 times and went to another, peaceful place for three hours.
Another interesting bit of trivia the special shares is that young Richard Dreyfus, Kurt Russell and Mia Farrow were all considered to be cast as the Von Trapp children, before director Robert Wise went with a bunch of unknowns.
There was some great archive footage of Andrews singing with the real Maria Von Trapp in 1973, which leads into the great-grandchildren of Maria and the Captain -- Amanda, Sophia, Melanie and Justin, the Von Trapp Children Singers, all between the ages of 16 and 22. They closed the show with "Edelweiss" as more footage of the movie played.
It was a wonderful special.