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Close may be a little mature to be cockeyed optimist and smalltown nurse Nellie Forbush but she gives it her all (and served as one of the exective producers) in this TV remake of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Filmed in Australia and Tahiti, the scenery, music, and capable cast (who can sing just fine), all contribute. Of course, Connick Jr. (as romantic Lt. Cable) has an advantage in the vocal area but Serbedzija's plantation owner Emile de Becque has charisma to spare.

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Available on Running time 135 minutes.

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Genres
Musicals, Adapted from a Play, Pacific Islands, World War II, Plays to Film: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Doctors & Nurses, Women in War, Military: Navy, Culture Clash
Screenplay
Lawrence D. Cohen
Cast
Glenn Close, Rade Serbedzija, Harry Connick, Robert Pastorelli, Jack Thompson, Ilene Graff, Lori Tan Chinn, Natalie Mendoza, Simon Burke, Steve Le Marquand, Steve Bastoni, Damon Herriman
Cinematography
Stephen Windon
Director
Richard Pearce
Music
Richard Rodgers

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
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My wife and I just finished watching the 2001 version on the Hallmark channel last night. Never having seen the original 1958 movie or any stage production of the musical I don't have a lot to compare it with. Though it has piqued our interest enough to add it to our Netflix selection to view it sometime. Glenn Close was pushing it age and talent wise but did pull it off OK. Serbedzija was more than adequate - though he resembled a young version of Anthony Hopkins so much I kept picturing him in the role instead (can Hopkins sing?). Connick, Jr. is ten times a better singer than actor and his deadpan-expressionless face added nothing to movie. Did landmines and Japanese chases occur in the orignal movie? While the late Pastorelli's tatoos were probably just as "en vogue" then among sailors as they are now among the general population, their designs were much too modern for that day and should have been covered up or altered; not to mention, no sailor would have been caught dead with an earring in the 40's. The songs were great, the secenery breathtaking, and the cast was OK. May no one ever have to watch it while enduring as many commersals as we did in the last half of the TV broadcast. Five minutes of commercial for every five minutes of movie is just too much. It ruined it for us. Watch the original or see a professional stage production first, and then view this on DVD. I wish we had.