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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

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film refers to the singing prisoner of war women as a vocal orchestra rather than as a choir. 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

Mrs. Tippler: You don't give a damn about us, this whole camp!
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Connections

Referenced in Millennium: Goodbye to All That (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral March
from "Second Piano Concerto"
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Credited but not used
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29 January 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

First class work here. The film follows a group of women captured in Asia by the Japanese, and interned as enemy aliens. It shows the inhuman brutality that the Japanese inflicted on anyone they considered to be of an inferior race. (i.e. not Japanese) (for that matter anyone not samurai) As a coping mechanism, and partially in defiance of their captors, the women form a vocal orchestra, playing the parts of classical music with only their voices. The music soothes the women, those in the orchestra, and those who aren't. The Japanese soldiers even come to enjoy the sound, and the atrocity rate drops a couple of notches.

Stand out performances abound here. In fact I can't really single out any of the cast. They were all good, including the Japanese actors. I had thought from the reviews that the music would be the largest part of the film, with just the backdrop of the prison camp, but it really wasn't. I recommend this film.


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