The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

2015 NR 1h 38m DVD

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

2015 NR 1h 38m DVD
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After achieving widespread fame as part of the musical von Trapp family, eldest daughter Agathe went on to live a colorful and challenging life, as recounted in this dramatic biography of a gifted and independent-minded woman.
Eliza Bennett, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosemary Harris, Yvonne Catterfeld, Annette Dasch, Johannes Nussbaum, Vanessa Redgrave, Cornelius Obonya, Robert Seeliger, Cosima Shaw
Ben Verbong
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music recreates the story so beautifully told in The Sound of Music: A talented, reconstituted family struggles with surging Nazism in Austria in the late 1930s. This movie is based on the book Memories Before and After The Sound of Music, an autobiography by the oldest Von Trapp daughter, Agathe (called Liesl in the classic musical). Though there is music -- the children singing together, their first performances, some solo selections -- the film is a drama. Early scenes depict events and emotions surrounding the death of Captain Von Trapp's wife, the mother of Agathe and six other children. Sequences set during the German-Austrian "unification" are suspenseful, and, in one instance, Agathe witnesses a brutal attack. Still, it's the same uplifting, heartfelt story with a few significant changes that come from the book.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A young man is chased and brutally beaten by a gang of thugs. Family is threatened by Nazis; suspenseful efforts to avoid capture.


Derogatory references to Jews.

Social Behavior

Underscores value of courage in the face of repression; encourages standing up for what's right. Looks at challenges of family after death of loved one; promotes acceptance of changing circumstances.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A villain pours himself a drink. Several characters smoke.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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