Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery.

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The group of women from different countries and social levels are prisoners in a Japanese POW camp, where one of them, Adrienne, who is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, organizes a vocal band in spite of their guards resistance. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for prisoner of war brutality and violence | See all certifications »

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11 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrada do Paraíso  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,518 (USA) (11 April 1997)

Gross:

$1,921,471 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Trivia

When the ladies mentioned that no woman had ever conducted an orchestra they were incorrect. Antonia Di Brico conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in Feb 1930. Di Brico then went on to conduct in San Francisco, Detroit, Washington, New York and other venues. She eventually had her own orchestra. See more »

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An early night scene of the women swimming ashore (set in the week after 10 February 1942) shows the full moon. The moon was between last quarter and new moon that week. See more »

Quotes

Captain Tanaka: What can I say, except that attacking the enemy is a characteristic of war.
Adrienne Pargiter: The Prince Albert was full of women and children, not soldiers.
Captain Tanaka: A matter of regret.
Adrienne Pargiter: More than that. There's a Geneva Convention laying down the rules of war.
Captain Tanaka: Japan has signed no Geneva Convention. If war has began, it can only mean the time for rules has ended. The aim is to win.
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References Silent Cries (1993) See more »

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Moving film
16 January 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I found this a very moving film about a group of fairly ordinary people placed in extraordinary conditions. I found myself quite involved with all the acting and the story line. Here is a film filled with outstanding and understated performances about people's ideals and courage being tested.

As to this story having been told in 2 or 3 other movies, I find that to be an incredible comment. I didn't see anyone saying that there had already been about 100 movies about men fighting in World War II when "Saving Private Ryan" came out. It is time that the stories of these extraordinary women be told. Soldiers aren't the only ones to suffer and die in wars.


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