Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" | 2000
Adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, based on the novel "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener, about love and loss on a remote Pacific island during World War II. The story tracks two parallel romances: one between Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse, and Emile DeBecque, a wealthy plantation owner; and the other between a native girl and a young American Marine, Lieutenant Joseph Cable, whose secret mission on the island could change the course of the war.
Nellie is a small-town woman who joined the Navy to see the world outside her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. When she meets the arrestingly handsome Emile, the two fall in love at first sight. But Emile is hiding a secret that goes against everything Nellie was brought up to believe in, threatening their blossoming romance.
Lieutenant Cable wasn't looking for love when he arrived on the island. He is on a secret mission, reporting to Captain Brackett, to establish a coast watch on an enemy-held island to spy on the Japanese -- a mission that requires enlisting the aid of someone who knows the area well. He meets Luther Billis, a wily Seabee who runs various "businesses" and cons on the island, as well as Bloody Mary, a shrewd Tonkinese woman who uses the GIs as much as she caters to them, with her island trinkets and souvenirs. When Billis takes Cable to the exotic island of Bali Ha'i for some R&R, Mary introduces him to her beautiful daughter, Liat, and Cable falls passionately in love.
Both romances face daunting obstacles as lovers are torn apart by racial prejudice. Heartbroken and disenchanted, Cable and Emile make the decision to embark on a dangerous mission that may threaten both of their lives, unbeknownst to Nellie, who must keep up a strong front during the tragedies of war.