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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 & 6 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,921,471, 1 June 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,000, 9 November 1997
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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 the book, 'Bruce Beresford: Instincts of the Heart', author Peter Coleman says Beresford asked his uncle about World War II: "I asked him about the treatment of Japanese prisoners. He said: 'We used to shoot the lot of them.' 'But that's dreadful!' I said. 'You weren't there, you wouldn't know,' he answered ­ and he is a pleasant, educated, rational man. I was shocked, but it did give me an insight." 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

Officer: [dancing] You're so beautiful, Rosemary.
Rosemary Leighton-Jones: So are you.
Officer: You can't say that, can you? Men aren't... I am not beautiful.
Rosemary Leighton-Jones: Yes, you are.
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Connections

References A Town Like Alice (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

No.20, C minor
from "24 Preludes, Op.28"
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Why isn't this film better known?
2 July 2003 | by srneSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie surfing TV channels late one night. I was drawn right into the plot, and thought it was an incredible story, incredibly well-told. It's a true story, which I previously did not know anything about, but should have. Both the story, itself, and the film, should be much, much better known. It is also one of Glenn Close's best performances. Her performance, and the film, itself, are absoultely gripping! If you like true-life stories that are extremely well-done, such as "We Were Soldiers," then this one is of a similar genre, but with the main characters being women.


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