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Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery.

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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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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrada do Paraíso  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$577,651 (USA) (27 April 1997)

Gross:

$1,921,471 (USA) (1 June 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pauline Collins and Glenn Close would later appear in Albert Nobbs (2011). 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

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 Three Came Home (1950) See more »

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When You Come Home Again
Written by Thomas Connor
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Why isn't this film better known?
2 July 2003 | by (Massachusetts) – See 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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