Imagine an alternative version of The Sound of Music…

The hills are alive…

Spot the difference...

I really love The Sound of Music. Visiting the sets in Salzburg and taking the coach tour around the mountains was one of the highlights of my 2003 inter-railing experience. Most people would probably say getting sick on the streets of Krakow or trying to write their name on the Brandenburg gate would have been their favourite memory but I quite enjoyed getting to see the famous gazebo where Liezl and Rolf sang Sixteen Going on Seventeen.

What?

But imagine seeing this movie with terrifying Mia Farrow as Liesl, the eh, “lead-kid” eventually played by goody-two-shoes unknown Charmian Carr. Talk about a completely different movie…

instead of…

Anyway, I saw this audition tape online yesterday and while sometimes you can imagine how these alternative castings would have worked out (Tom Sellick in Indiana Jones, Burt Reynolds as Han Solo), this just just knocked me for six. The audition tape has been around for years but I’d missed it. Owning the 35th anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD rather than the Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition seems to be the main reason. Special people must have trumped Collectors. (And don’t get me started on the Three-Disc 45th Anniversary Blu-ray that’s now coming out… So many versions…)

Mia Farrow just completely terrifies me for some reason, presumably stemming from her part in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Even now she still has something special, her brief performance in The Omen (2006 remake) is one of the few redeeming qualities in a very-flawed film.

I'm coming to get you Nigel...

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