The Sapphires

One ambitious manager. Four unknown singers. The tour that put them on the charts wasn't even on a map.


The Sapphires
Inspired by a true story, this follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. They are discovered by a good-humoured talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, he guides them on their road to stardom, including the groundbreaking tour to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.

97 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Biographical, Comedy, Drama, Musical, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Tory Kittles, Eka Darville
Director
Wayne Blair
ScreenplayTony Briggs, Keith Thompson
MusicCezary Skubiszewski
CinematographyWarwick Thornton
EditingDany Cooper
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2012
Produced byGoalpost Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreComedy, drama
LanguageLow to mild, infrequent
NudityNone
SexScenes of affection, low impact
ViolenceMild physical and political violence
PrejudiceLow to mild racial discrimination (historical context)
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseLow impact, innocuous scenes of alcohol and cigarette use
CommentsSet during the late 60s, this moderate impact film tells the story of three Aboriginal sisters and their cousin Kay who face the racial discrimination of the times in their homeland Australia, and how they use their talented singing voices to overcome much of the confusion, segregation, judgement and loss they have suffered. Themes in this film are complex and mature, despite the ''comedy'' genre and including themes of discrimination, Australian history, family, the Vietnam war, talent and music. Such themes are depicted in a way that includes elements of language, prejudice, and violence which may be harmful for young children. This moive is therefore not suitable for viewers under 13 years of age. It is however a film that contains educational value and a strong message against racial discrimination.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
2
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Dianne de Beer quote iconSoul survivors sparkle in dark era.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconYou could call it an Aussie Dreamgirls. I'd call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconThis is a decent offering.
12
Metacritic.com
30 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
124 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWhile it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.
19
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
14
Movie Review Intelligence
39 critics
14

What the People say

Internet
4078 Netizens quote iconThis one is very deserved of your dollar
14

Average .. 69%

14

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