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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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Nioka Brennan ...
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Geraldine
Tammy Anderson ...
Evelyn
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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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9 August 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ha'avanim ha'k'houlot  »

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$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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The movie's co-writer and associate producer Tony Briggs is the son of Laurel Robinson, a member of the real-life The Sapphires group. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 1968, Dave plays a Fender Rhodes Stage electric piano, this particular model wasn't made until 1970. See more »

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Dave: 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, they're just at home whining about it. In soul music they're struggling to get it back and they haven't given up. Every note that passes through your lips should have the tone of a woman who's grasping and fighting and desperate to retrieve what's been taken from her.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Trance (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of One Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
obo Bug Music/Thursday Music
EMI Longitude Music Inc. (BMI) 100% US rights
Performed by Jessica Mauboy
Backing Vocals by Jade MacRae, Juanita Tippins, Mahalia Barnes
Mixed by Paul McKercher at The Vault Sydney
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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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