South Pacific

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama, Musical, War

This made-for-TV version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic actually improves on the messy, 1958 feature-film version and favors drama and spectacle over musical comedy. During WWII, marine Lieutenant Joseph Cable (singer Harry Connick Jr.) is stationed in the South Pacific for a top secret surveillance mission. Far from home, Cable finds a kindred...read more

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This made-for-TV version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic actually improves on the messy, 1958 feature-film version and favors drama and spectacle over musical comedy. During WWII, marine Lieutenant Joseph Cable (singer Harry Connick Jr.) is stationed in the South Pacific for a top secret surveillance mission. Far from home, Cable finds a kindred spirit in Little Rock-native Nellie Forbush (Glenn Close), who’s in charge of the remote atoll's navy nurses. Cable travels to the isle of Bali Hai, where he finds respite from the war by falling in love with Liat (Natalie Mendoza), the innocent daughter of salty entrepreneur Bloody Mary (Lori Tan Chinn), and consummates their affair even though he's engaged to a girl back home. Meanwhile, island plantation owner Emile de Beque (Rade Sherbedgia), a widower, courts down-to-earth Nellie, who's filled with American prejudices; when she learns that Emile sired two children with a Polynesian woman, she can't overcome her horror of miscegenation and rejects his proposal of marriage. Cable embarks on a covert operation and Emile participates in order to prove his loyalty to the Allied cause. During this perilous undertaking, Cable thinks long and hard about his feelings for Liat, whom Bloody Mary now regards as damaged goods. Will Cable successfully sabotage his enemy target and return safely to make an honest woman of Liat, and Emile reunite with a chastened Nellie, who's now willing to help him raise his motherless children? This production throws away the famous production numbers in the name of realism, and downplays the Pulitzer-prize winning show's glorious score in the name of appearing timely and relevant to contemporary audience.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This made-for-TV version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic actually improves on the messy, 1958 feature-film version and favors drama and spectacle over musical comedy. During WWII, marine Lieutenant Joseph Cable (singer Harry Connick Jr.) is station… (more)

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