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It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

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Nanny Theresa
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1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Around the globe, there was protest and revolution in the streets. Indigenous Australians finally secured the right to vote. There were drugs and the shock of a brutal assassination. And there was Vietnam. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. Based on a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youthful emotion, family and music. Written by Goalpost Pictures

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One ambitious manager. Four unknown singers. The tour that put them on the charts wasn't even on a map. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,372 (USA) (22 March 2013)

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$2,448,455 (USA) (19 July 2013)
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The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 10 minute standing ovation. See more »

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Throughout the movie the girls are seen performing on Shure SM58 Microphones which were released in 1966. This is chronologically correct as the movie is set in 1968. However when they are performing to the 19th Infantry Division in Nha Trang, the microphones being used are Shure Beta 58 Mic's which weren't released until 1989. See more »

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Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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Written by Ilan Kidron, Jessica Mauboy, and Louis Schoort
Published by MCDJ Music and Universal Music Publishing Pty Limited
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Performed by Jessica Mauboy
Courtesy Song Music Entertainment
Produced by Louis Schoort
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The Sapphires is a timely dose of optimism that had me falling in love with soul music all over again.
3 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As a lover of Australian film who was lucky enough to be at the Cannes premiere, I was filled with pride at the accomplishments of The Sapphires. Not only does the film tackle a huge story- it does so with heart, humor and a stellar soundtrack. It's exciting to see an Australian film diverge from suburban monotony and celebrate our countries vibrant culture and history. Deborah Mailman made me cry, Chris O'Dowd made me laugh and the superb Jessica Mauboy had me singing in my seat.

The Sapphires is a timely dose of optimism that had me falling in love with soul music all over again.


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