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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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Wayne Blair
26 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanika Lonesborough Tanika Lonesborough ... Young Gail
Nioka Brennan Nioka Brennan ... Young Kay
Lynette Narkle Lynette Narkle ... Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling Kylie Belling ... Geraldine
Tammy Anderson Tammy Anderson ... Evelyn
Miah Madden ... Young Julie
Ava Jean Miller-Porter Ava Jean Miller-Porter ... Young Cynthia
Carlin Briggs Carlin Briggs ... Young Jimmy
Gregory J. Fryer Gregory J. Fryer ... Selwyn
Miranda Tapsell ... Cynthia
Deborah Mailman ... Gail
Jessica Mauboy ... Julie
Koby Murray Koby Murray ... Baby Hartley
Hunter Page-Lochard ... Stevie Kayne
Chris O'Dowd ... Dave Lovelace
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Storyline

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 »


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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

9 August 2012 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Saphirs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,372, 24 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,448,455, 21 July 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Goalpost Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

No US Soldier "in country" would have been in possession of US currency - only "scrip" (a form of pseudo money) was used. Scrip could be exchanged for US money only on leaving the country. Possession of US currency was an offense subject to court martial. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Man
Composed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter (as Dave :Porter)
Copyright 1967 Walden Music, Inc. and Almo Music Corporation
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Published by Almo Music Corp.
Licensed by Universal Music Puiblishing Group Pty Limited
Performed by Sam & Dave
[P] 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Surprisingly fabulous!
3 August 2012 | by squidypooSee all my reviews

I never realised when my friend asked me if I wanted to come to the opening of the Melbourne International Film Festival with her to see some film called 'The Sapphires' that I knew nothing about, I would end up in my seat laughing, crying and beaming form ear to ear.

I was lucky enough to see the film introduced by the original writer who explained where the idea came from and how it all came together, but even without that introduction, I was blown away. The acting was amazing, funny, charming, believable and heart wrenching. You really wanted to be friends with all of the main stars in the movie, not just The Sapphires, but their families also.

I was lucky enough to meet Shari, who plays Kay, at the after party, and she was so humble and sweet. I am certain all of the cast and crew will have fabulous careers in the film industry and I can't wait to see more.

Thank you, so much, for bringing this story to screen. I want to buy the DVD now!


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