Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) has a problem. You see he has a household of children but with no wife or mother. His children starting with Liesl Charmian Carr), Louisa (Heather Menzies-Urich), Friedrich (Nicholas Hammond), Kurt (Duane Chase), Brigitta (Angela Cartwright), Marta (Debbie Turner), and Gretl (Kym Kareth) are a handful. Oh don't get me wrong they are good children but they are children. They can be a handful.
Now the Captain does have a girlfriend but she is no mother. The Baroness (Eleanor Parker) thinks more of herself rather than anyone else. The children have been going through Nanny's left and right and the Baroness is definitely not a fill in. So the Captain has gone to speak to the local Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) at the convent. He has explained what he needs and Mother Superior thinks she has the perfect nun in mind for the job, Maria (Julie Andrews). You see Maria has not taken her vows formally yet, and she is a very outgoing and loving person.
When Maria first arrives at the home of the Captain let's just say it's interesting. The children try to get away with some things and Maria is right there to stop it. She knows her stuff.
Something else happens when Maria shows up. The house is once again alive with the sound of music. You see the Captain lost his wife and since then the house has been very quiet. With Maria the children begin to sing again and eventually so does the Captain. The Baroness right away becomes jealous of Maria but Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn) sees dollar signs. You see the children are very good singers and with Maria they are beautiful singers.
When the Captain begins to sing with them they become a family. The Baroness will eventually leave but when the Captain realizes that he is falling in love with Maria she gets spooked and runs back to the convent. You see for Maria to love the Captain she is giving up something very special. She is giving up some of her love for God to let the Captain inside. That's a very big obstacle. This is the ultimate love story. For you see this all occurs right before Austria is taken over by Germany right before WWII. There is much at stake in this true life story and love is the key. For you see this a true story of love.
Director Robert Wise has brought us a classic film. This is the true story of the Family Von Trapp. This is the story of love extraordinaire. This is the story of the loss of innocence for the European Continent because Hell on Earth is coming with the Nazi's. Europe will never be the same and the Family Von Trapp knows that and must flee. So sit back and cry once again for this film that will bring every emotion from your being but will make you a better person for watching it. Happy Valentine's Day.