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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanika Lonesborough ...
Young Gail
Nioka Brennan ...
Young Kay
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Tammy Anderson ...
Young Julie
Ava Jean Miller-Porter ...
Young Cynthia
Carlin Briggs ...
Young Jimmy
Gregory J. Fryer ...
Koby Murray ...
Baby Hartley
Stevie Kayne


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 August 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ha'avanim ha'k'houlot  »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,372, 24 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,448,455, 21 July 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 10 minute standing ovation. See more »


The Sapphires are shown performing for the 19th Infantry Division. However, the 19th Infantry Division was deactivated in 1944 and never served in Vietnam. See more »


Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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Crazy Credits

Between the tribute and the end credits are period photos of the real Sapphires and a contemporary picture of the four women. See more »


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Written by Ray Gilmore (as Gilmore), John Madara (as Hadara) and Dave White (as White)
Published by Songs Of Universal, Inc.
on behalf of Double Diamond Music
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
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This one is very deserved of your dollar
13 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

How refreshing to see a movie starring aboriginal girls, who aren't portrayed as drunken, drug taking hopeless cases. I'm not denigrating those films—some are world-class—but its wonderful to skip out of a movie that shines with positivity telling a unique aboriginal story.

The four girls who play The Sapphires are real gems (excuse the pun). Deborah Mailman as the tough-nosed big sister is a true talent and, of course, Jessica Mauboy fans will enjoy her fabulous voice and she can really act too. All the minor actors are a treat. Chris O'Dowd, most famous for his recent hit "Bridesmaids" has chemistry but he seems to portray the same character in every film. Time for him to move on to a psychopath before he is typecast. Please go see this and support quality Australian cinema. This one is very deserved of your dollar.

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