South Pacific (television) Three-hour television special on ABC on March 26, 2001, of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set against the backdrop of World War II. A nurse falls in love with a local planter, and is devastated when he is sent on a dangerous mission. A young naval officer falls for a beautiful native girl, daughter of the local promoter, Bloody Mary. Directed by Richard Pearce. Produced for Touchstone Television by John Braunstein Films in association with Trillium Productions and White Cap Productions. Stars Glenn Close (Ensign Forbush), Rade Sherbedgia (Emile de Becque), Harry Connick, Jr. (Lt. Cable), Robert Pastorelli (Luther Billis), Lori Tan Chinn (Bloody Mary).