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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) (24 March 2013)

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$2,448,455 (USA) (21 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

Throughout the movie the girls are seen performing on Shure SM58 Microphones which were released in 1966. This is chronologically correct as the movie is set in 1968. However when they are performing to the 19th Infantry Division in Nha Trang, the microphones being used are Shure Beta 58 Mic's which weren't released until 1989. See more »

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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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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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Soundtracks

In the Sweet By and By
In the Public Domain
Performed by Darren Percival
Backing vocals by Lou Bennett, Jessica Mauboy, Jade MacRae, Juanita Tippins, Prinnie Stevens, Jonah Letukatu
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This one is very deserved of your dollar
13 August 2012 | by (Perth Western Australia) – 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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