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Paradise Road (1997)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  11 April 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adrienne Pargiter
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Dr. Verstak
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Daisy 'Margaret' Drummond
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Rosemary Leighton-Jones
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Mrs. Dickson
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Sister Wilhelminia (as Johanna Ter Steege)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Mrs. Roberts
Pamela Rabe ...
Mrs. Tippler
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Sergeant Tomiashi, 'The Snake'
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Captain Tanaka
David Chung ...
The Interpreter
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Colonel Hirota
Penne Hackforth-Jones ...
Mrs. Pike
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | War

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

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Release Date:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based heavily on the book 'Women Beyond the Wire' by John Sandilands and Lavinia Warner, creator of BBC TV Series 'Tenko' See more »

Goofs

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

Dr. Verstak: Sometimes God reaches down and pulls the wings off his butterflies.
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Connections

References A Town Like Alice (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo
from "New World Symphony"
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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Moving moments - Put yourself in their place.
14 May 2003 | by (Corby, England) – See all my reviews

A little slow to start, but the plot picks up early in the film, and leaves you thinking about "What would you do in their position?" - not just the women internees, but also the Japanese Soldiers involved at the time. All are involved with their own emotions, as controlled from 'authorities' above them.

Based on a true event, you can watch this film and empathise with all of the characters (both 'Goodies' and 'Baddies'). You'll be left thinking very hard about the persons who 'did it' for real.

In the middle of the film, when the Vocal Orchestra perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" without instruments, and at the end of the film, "Londonerry Air" (Oh Danny Boy), a box of tissues may be required accessories.


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