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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The film is based on actual true events and according to the end coda, the film was inspired by the reminisces of the actual women prisoners of war, many of whom became life-long friends after the ordeal. 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

Topsy Merritt: You want me to give up food and soap and God knows what else, so I can starve and sing?
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Connections

References Three Came Home (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo
from "New World Symphony"
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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Gripping and uplifting true story of women faced with indomitable odds.
9 January 2001 | by (Margate, Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This film gripped me from the opening scene in the hotel ballroom and prooved to be a class act right to the end. Director Bruce Beresford's track record includes Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies and Breaker Morant, so Paradise Road came as a special treat, not realising at the time of viewing that he had directed these films. The realistic scenes of violence had a tremendous impact in contrast to some of the wonderful underplaying of the leading actresses, notably Glenn Close and Pauline Collins. The Japanese actors, although unknown to me were chillingly effective. I can only hope for more films of this calibre but alas they are few and far between.


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