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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

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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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Dutch | Malay

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrada do Paraíso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,518, 13 April 1997

Gross USA:

$1,921,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1982, the Peninsula Women's Chorus performed a tribute concert to the women in Australia recreating a concert from the surviving score transcripts. See more »

Goofs

Given that each of the women wore a single dress, day in and day out, in a tropical climate for three years straight, the fabric of their clothing would have disintegrated long before that was finally depicted in the film. Also, there's no way that the nuns would have been able to keep the white elements of their habits white, especially given the scarcity of soap. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Drummond: I was in China when the Japanese invaded and I think that the people they despised the most were Europeans and prisoners then women.
Adrienne Pargiter: Well that's us. All three.
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Connections

References Silent Cries (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad About the Boy
Written by Noël Coward
© Chappell Music Limited
By kind permission of Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Julie Anthony
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Not what I expected...and more.
30 May 1999 | by beriesSee all my reviews

I happened upon this film on HBO while flipping channels. I became engrossed at the point where the women were taken to the internment camp. I had no interest whatsoever to see this film in the theaters because the subject matter seemed too depressing (and it is!), but it is so well acted and such an intense story, that I would highly recommend it.


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