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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
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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

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Goalpost Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's North American DVD cover art caused considerable controversy and allegations of racism as the American poster shows Chris O'Dowd front and center with the Aboriginal girls as white silhouettes in the background, despite his smaller role in the film as a whole. See more »

Goofs

The US army give them a 1940's Citroen car with the driver seat on the right side which could be found in Australia but not in Vietnam. France's colonial Indochina, actual Vietnam or the US drive on the right and have the driver seat on the left. See more »

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Dave: 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, they're just at home whining about it. In soul music they're struggling to get it back and they haven't given up. Every note that passes through your lips should have the tone of a woman who's grasping and fighting and desperate to retrieve what's been taken from her.
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the end credits is this tribute:

The women who inspired this story are sisters Laurel Robinson and Lois Peeler and their cousins Beverley Briggs and Naomi Mayers.

For over 40 years they have been active community leaders, working tirelessly to improve health and education for Aboriginal people.

Between them, they have 7 children, 10 grand children and 4 great grand children...

and they sing to them every day. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian version is slightly different (roughly 3 minutes longer) than the one shown in International Markets. It does not have a title card in the beginning of the movie explaining about the Aborigine people and that the film is based on a real story. On the other hand. several scenes are cut shorter by a few seconds in the International version, and the end title card is also different. While it describes in details what became of each character in real life, showing pictures of each of them individually, the Australian one briefly sums up their achievements as a whole. There's a final picture of the ladies as they look-like nowadays (shown in black and white in the International version and in color on the Australian one). See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Trance (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shouting Out Love
Written by Carl Smith (as Smith) and Lieutenant Wilkes (as Wilks)
Published by Irving Music, Inc.
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Performed by The Emotions
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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This one is very deserved of your dollar
13 August 2012 | by SusanMayWriterSee 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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