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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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Tanika Lonesborough ...
Nioka Brennan ...
Lynette Narkle ...
Nanny Theresa
Kylie Belling ...
Geraldine
Tammy Anderson ...
Evelyn
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Ava Jean Miller-Porter ...
Carlin Briggs ...
Gregory J. Fryer ...
Selwyn
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Koby Murray ...
Baby Hartley
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Stevie Kayne
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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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It's what's in the groove that counts. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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9 August 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ha'avanim ha'k'houlot  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,372 (USA) (24 March 2013)

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$2,448,455 (USA) (21 July 2013)
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Trivia

The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it received a 10 minute standing ovation. See more »

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The opening scene shows a girl running through a field of canola in 1958. The first canola in Australia was planted in 1968, but was not grown commercially until the 1990s. See more »

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Dave: Can you do it blacker?
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.113 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of One Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
obo Bug Music/Thursday Music
EMI Longitude Music Inc. (BMI) 100% US rights
Performed by Jessica Mauboy
Backing Vocals by Jade MacRae, Juanita Tippins, Mahalia Barnes
Mixed by Paul McKercher at The Vault Sydney
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Party with The Sapphires.
18 August 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I absolutely wanted to see this movie because of it being Australian & Jessica Mauboy stars in it!

It wasn't a let down. It's an absolutely brilliant story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I found the characters very likable and hate-able too. (But for good reason.)

The songs that were sung were brilliant and thank-god it wasn't just another High School Musical film... what? Why am I saying this? There isn't even any similarity.

The story itself was marvelous, although it felt a little rushed at times. The romance was also quite good. Very emotional scenes! The comedy was spot on 90% of the time and there were some of the funniest/corniest lines in movies I've seen ever! Also, to whoever said that they're just cheesie and the movie is a cliché: they should all go die. Because it wasn't clearly and people can't reinvent the English language and make up jokes that no one understands?

Lastly, the brilliant central Australian cast were beautiful and very talented. You should go see it. Everyone should go see it!


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