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Paradise Road (1997)

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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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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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:

$577,651 (USA) (27 April 1997)

Gross:

$1,921,471 (USA) (1 June 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

Officer: [dancing] You're so beautiful, Rosemary.
Rosemary Leighton-Jones: So are you.
Officer: You can't say that, can you? Men aren't... I am not beautiful.
Rosemary Leighton-Jones: Yes, you are.
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Connections

References Tenko (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Londonderry Air
Orchestral arrangment by David Stanhope
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An amazing film which deserves to be recognized
10 January 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The film was both moving and heart warming. It shows the unbelievable story of a group of women surviving a PoW camp against all the odds. I found it hard to believe that anyone was made to live in the conditions they were put in and live to tell the story. The acting was excellent and i don't think this film has got the praise it deserves. It is made even more moving by the fact it is based on a true story.


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