A governess is needed for the children of an Austrian navy captain who must learn how to love his children after his wife dies, leaving him a sour and strict single father. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young woman trying to be a nun and failing miserably. She is given the job of governess for Captain von Trapp’s children, but finds their antics a challenge. Because Maria is fun-loving and energetic, she is able to train the children using songs.
Romance fills the once-stern father’s house with life just as Nazi soldiers demand Captain von Trapp’s allegiance. He and Maria must find a way to keep the family together and safe during the Nazi invasion.
One of America’s most-loved musicals, this film has given families plenty of reason to sing together. Songs of young love, a yodeling goat-herder, following your dreams, and saying goodbye are sung in families, schools, and communities every year. When listing your favorite things, do you also list raindrops on roses?
The film won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music Scoring of Adaptation or Treatment.