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Paradise Road (1997)

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A group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II use music as relieve their misery.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

David Giles (story), Martin Meader (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Adrienne Pargiter
Frances McDormand ... Dr. Verstak
Pauline Collins ... Margaret Drummond
Cate Blanchett ... Susan Macarthy
Jennifer Ehle ... Rosemary Leighton-Jones
Julianna Margulies ... Topsy Merritt
Wendy Hughes ... Mrs. Dickson
Johanna ter Steege ... Sister Wilhelminia (as Johanna Ter Steege)
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Roberts
Pamela Rabe ... Mrs. Tippler
Clyde Kusatsu ... The Snake
Stan Egi ... Captain Tanaka
David Chung ... The Interpreter
Sab Shimono ... Colonel Hirota
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Mrs. Pike
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Storyline

The group of women from different countries and social levels are prisoners in a Japanese POW camp, where one of them, Adrienne, who is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, organizes a vocal band in spite of their guards resistance. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for prisoner of war brutality and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Paradise Road is a 1997 Australian war film that tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned by the Japanese in Sumatra during World War II. See more »

Goofs

An early night scene of the women swimming ashore (set in the week after 10 February 1942) shows the full moon. The moon was between last quarter and new moon that week. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Tippler: You don't give a damn about us, this whole camp!
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Connections

Spoofed in Chicken Run (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Come Home Again
Written by Thomas Connor
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User Reviews

Great! 10/10
14 October 2004 | by bewlisSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the very few made about female POWs of the Japanese in the Second World War. I feel that this subject has been hugely neglected by war historians in general and is a story that deserved to be told. Here there is no machismo, just the story of women enduring in the face of intolerable suffering and brutality. The acting is absolutely flawless and unlike some critics I do not think the story drags at some points. The wonderful opening sequence accompanied by the Elgar Concerto is riveting and exciting, and although some parts of this film are historically inaccurate, this pales into nothing compared to the wonderful sense of time, place and adversity.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Dutch | Malay

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,518, 13 April 1997

Gross USA:

$2,007,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,007,100
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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