The Sound of Music

Continuity mistake: When Rolf brings a telegram he extends his arm and immediately after, he lowers it. A frame later it's extended and he is lowering again.

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Continuity mistake: When the ballroom dance starts, the Capt. and the Baroness greet the guests. The number of people walking down the stairs behind them increase, decrease or simply disappear between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Maria and the children are singing do re mi they start of wearing the clothes made from drapes, but during the scene they change clothes and back again twice.

Continuity mistake: When the captain sings for the first time and hugs the children, Gretl is under his left arm. In the next shot, he raises his arm and she is nowhere to be seen. Then, when Maria motions for Gretl to give the Baroness the edelweiss, she is back under his arm.

Continuity mistake: Christopher Plummer throws down the drape the kids used for clothing on the ground. Then he walks away and there's a clear shot of the ground and the drape has vanished.

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Maria: You know how Sister Berthe always makes me kiss the floor after we've had a disagreement? Well, lately I've taken to kissing the floor whenever I see her coming, just to save time.

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Trivia: In the boating scene, Kym Karath (Gretl) nearly drowned when she fell in the water. The scene originally called for Julie Andrews (Maria) to pull her out of the water as Kym couldn't swim, but Andrews fell out of the wrong side of the boat. In fact, the crew had to stop filming to rescue Kym. In the movie Heather Menzies (Louisa) pulls her out - Kym threw up on her after swallowing so much water.

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Question: In the scene where the nuns are singing 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria', one nun says 'I even heard her singing in the abbey.' This is used as though Maria was doing something bad, but throughout this song, aren't the nuns in the abbey, and aren't they singing? If it was so wrong for Maria to do this, why is it okay for them?

Answer: Postulants/Novices, such as Maria, were forbidden from singing in the Abbey. However, these rules did not necessarily apply to the sisters who are singing. In addition, it's a musical, and the nuns weren't "really" singing. Their complaints about Maria are simply put into a song.

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