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The Sapphires (2012)

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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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Tanika Lonesborough ...
Nioka Brennan ...
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Geraldine
Tammy Anderson ...
Evelyn
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Ava Jean Miller-Porter ...
Carlin Briggs ...
Gregory J. Fryer ...
Selwyn
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Koby Murray ...
Baby Hartley
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Stevie Kayne
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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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Follow your heart. Discover your soul. 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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9 August 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ha'avanim ha'k'houlot  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,448,455 (USA) (19 July 2013)
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Trivia

There really was an Australian girl group in the 60s called The Sapphires but they only had three members not four. When they were invited to tour for the troops in Vietnam, two of the group declined due to their anti-war stance, so the remaining Sapphire drafted in her sister to help her out. See more »

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The US army give them a 1940's Citroen car with the driver seat on the right side which could be found in Australia but not in Vietnam. France's colonial Indochina, actual Vietnam or the US drive on the right and have the driver seat on the left. See more »

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Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Trance (2013) See more »

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Soul Man
Composed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter (as Dave :Porter)
Copyright 1967 Walden Music, Inc. and Almo Music Corporation
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Published by Almo Music Corp.
Licensed by Universal Music Puiblishing Group Pty Limited
Performed by Sam & Dave
[P] 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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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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