Interestingly, the reunion was marked with a loud blowing whistle which is how the Captain called his children in the beginning of the 1965 movie.
Oprah Winfrey has just given a boost in the sale of "The Sound of Music" 45th-anniversary deluxe DVD box set. The talk show host invited all of the Oscar-winning musical movie's cast to her couch and aired the reunion episode on Thursday, October 28.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" first welcome Julie Andrews who played the main character Maria before Christopher Plummer aka Captain von Trapp joined the fiesta. The line-up was completed by all seven of the now grown-up von Trapp children; Kym Karath (Gretl), Debbie Turner (Marta), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Duane Chase (Kurt), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), and Charmian Carr (Liesl).
Andrews admitted that "Sound of Music" was probably the best musical movie ever made. "It made my career. It was that big of a movie. We had no idea, really, at the beginning, that it was going to be that huge," she said. Meanwhile, Plummer had his doubt in the role at first, "The part was not exactly Hamlet. There wasn't enough humor in it."
Andrews and Plummer joked about what they remembered from the filming. The former recalled the iconic scene where she sang on the green pasture, saying "I walked across the fields at one end and the helicopter came from the other end. What I didn't realize was that every time the helicopter came round it would knock me down." Meanwhile, Plummer said there were a lot of "nuns present all the time, which always makes you feel a little bit irreverent."
When the 'children' appeared on the stage, Andrews exclaimed, "Don't the kids look great?" Hammond replied, "Good genes". Carr who played the eldest daughter revealed that she was actually 21 at the time of the filming instead of 16 like how she was portrayed. Hammond also spilled that he grew so rapidly during that time that Carr who played his older sister must stood on boxes.
Beside talking memories, the cast also announced the plan of a book to commemorate the movie's 45th anniversary. "We realized that we have this treasure trove of memorabilia home movies and stories," Hammond said. "People for 45 years have asked us about the film and what it was like and we thought now is our chance to tell them."