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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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Nioka Brennan ...
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Geraldine
Tammy Anderson ...
Evelyn
Miah Madden ...
Ava Jean Miller-Porter ...
Carlin Briggs ...
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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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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 "blackened catfish" is both an anachronism and a factual error. "Blackening" is not a traditional Cajun cooking technique. It was invented by Chef Paul Prudhomme in the late 70s and popularized by him in the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Before we go than, girls when I met you you were doing all country and western thing and that's fine we all make mistakes. But here is what we learn from that mistake. Country and western music is about loss. Soul music is also about loss. But the difference is in country and western music, they've lost, they've given up and they are just all wining about it. In soul music they are struggling to get it back, they haven't given up.
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The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Written by William A. Attaway (as W. Attaway)/Irving Burgie (as I. Burgie)
{BMG Rights Management/Mushroom Music Publishing}
Performed by Miah Madden, Tjanara Bolt, Mi-Kaisha Masella, Lou Bennett
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Surprisingly fabulous!
3 August 2012 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I never realised when my friend asked me if I wanted to come to the opening of the Melbourne International Film Festival with her to see some film called 'The Sapphires' that I knew nothing about, I would end up in my seat laughing, crying and beaming form ear to ear.

I was lucky enough to see the film introduced by the original writer who explained where the idea came from and how it all came together, but even without that introduction, I was blown away. The acting was amazing, funny, charming, believable and heart wrenching. You really wanted to be friends with all of the main stars in the movie, not just The Sapphires, but their families also.

I was lucky enough to meet Shari, who plays Kay, at the after party, and she was so humble and sweet. I am certain all of the cast and crew will have fabulous careers in the film industry and I can't wait to see more.

Thank you, so much, for bringing this story to screen. I want to buy the DVD now!


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