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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 ...
Nioka Brennan ...
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Tammy Anderson ...
Ava Jean Miller-Porter ...
Carlin Briggs ...
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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One ambitious manager. Four unknown singers. The tour that put them on the charts wasn't even on a map. 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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The movie is set in 1968, but The Sapphires sing The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" (released in 1972) and Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" (released in 1970). It also features "Run Through the Jungle" (released in 1970) in the opening scene. See more »


Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »


Written by Joe South (as South)
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Masters Produced and Engineered by Trent Williamson (as Trent 'Konga' Williamson)
Performed by 'Barry Leet'
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519th Review: Lightweight but surprisingly fun
6 December 2012 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

The Sapphires is about four Aboriginal girls who get a chance at the end of the Sixties to go entertain the troops as a singing group in Vietnam. The film is one of those sneaky ones - not brilliantly made, or brilliantly acted - but it really does entertain - and isn't that the point?

Full of great soul music, some good laughs, some nods towards the Rights struggle, The Sapphires is above all big hearted and is always refreshingly straight forward about its objectives. It is, however, a huge plus in that it does have a positive message and a wonderfully different take from the usual patronising view of Aboriginal life.

If you like music movies like The Commitments you will enjoy this - we both thought it was pretty entertaining and a fun way to spend an evening.

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