Did You Know? This Julie Andrews Film is the 6th Highest-Grossing Movie Ever – American Film Institute

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Did You Know? This Julie Andrews Film is the 6th Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, which premiered 55 years ago this month, remains the 6th highest-grossing movie ever with adjustment for inflation. Released in 1965, the film remained in theaters for over a year and surpassed GONE WITH THE WIND as the highest grossing film at the time.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC was adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name, which debuted on Broadway in 1959 to vast commercial success. When 20th Century-Fox purchased screen rights to the musical for $1.25 million, it was the largest amount of money ever paid by a studio for a literary property.

Julie Andrews was relatively unknown at that time, and her theatrical film debut, MARY POPPINS, for which she won an Academy Award, was not yet released, so the studio considered casting Andrews a risk. When the film was first shown at a test screening in Minneapolis, MN, the audience gave a standing ovation.

Learn more about THE SOUND OF MUSIC in the AFI CATALOG.

Photo: AFI interview with Julie Andrews for the AFI Life Achievement Award

Comments (5)

Waldemar Santos

The great, multi talented and forever beautiful Julie Andrews is a treasure! Congrats on a most extraordinary career in the cinema, theatre and on television. What a glorious voice! Bravo, Julie!



Michael J Pitonza

I will always wonder what My Fair Lady might have been like had Julie Andrews played Elisa Doolittle…as she did on the stage. The notion that they preferred Audrey Hepburn and her star-power, with the songs dubbed…rather than the rightful originator of the part in all of her vocal glory, seems downright moronic in hindsight!



Don Oechsle

The first time I saw Sound of Music was on television. It wasn’t until I saw it on VHS did I appreciate this film.However, one can not truely appreciate the magnificence of this film until you see it unedited and in the movie theatre like it was meant to be.
Sound of Music will past the test of time of one of the greatest film of all time. . Not only do you escape life for just a few hours, but you have a wonderful time doing it. They just don’t make films like this anymore.



A.L. Hern

Love Julie Andrews; can’t stand most of her movies. “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” are unendurable.

“The Americanization of Emily,” with its Paddy Chayefsky script IS great, and her finest hour.



bruce roberson

I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the summer of 1965 from Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Just out of high school, I was terribly homesick BUT during that summer The Sound of Music debuted in TULSA NOT IN FT. SMITH, so suddenly we were inundated with Ft. Smith pilgrimage to the Mecca of TSOM and I got to see my friends, neighbors by the bus loads…Julie made my summer in soooo many ways and I will always love her and The Sound of Music!


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