“The Sound of Music” cast reunited for the first time in 45 years on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Thursday (Oct. 28) and it was immensely sentimental and satisfying for fans of the movie.
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.
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.
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