Release Date: March 22, 2013
Starring: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah
Mailman, Jessica Mauboy,
Genre: Musical Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Wayne Blair
Executive Producer: Ben Grant, Soon Kie Lee, John
Sim, Tristan Whalley
Producer: Kylie Du Fresne, Rosemary
Writer: Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson
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Living in the Australian outback, three black aborigine sisters, Gail, Julie, and Cynthia, and a cousin, Kay, form an all girl band and entertain their whole community. When the girls get older, they long to be able to sing and perform in front of all types of audiences. However, society looks down upon the aboriginal community. So, when the three sisters go into the town center to audition, they are kicked out for being black, even though they have great talent.
They aren’t the only ones kicked out. Dave, a piano player, stood up for the girls and was also kicked out. Seeing the potential in the sisters, he tells them he will be their manager. The youngest sister, Julie, has a great desire to be on stage and has the voice for it, so she convinces the sisters and Dave to go and audition to entertain soldiers in Vietnam. Bringing their cousin into the group, the girls start to practice. Dave convinces the girls they need to sing soul rather then country music. Changing their show up a little, the girls are hired and start to perform for the soldiers immediately.
Each of the girls has a different love interest, but the soldiers are all married. They continue to sing in different areas of the war and sometimes in very dangerous situations. One day a huge attack occurs near them. Who will survive?
THE SAPPHIRES is a warm-hearted movie that will make audiences cry and laugh at the same time. Each of the main female actresses has wonderful voices and it is delightful when they sing. THE SAPPHIRES also portrays issues of racism in the 60s in Australia, that’s interesting and unique. Overall, the movie is cute and entertaining.
THE SAPPHIRES shows the importance of family staying with each other and supporting each other in their dreams. However, there are some cautionary elements of implied affairs and a child out of wedlock. There are also some drug references. All this gives the movie a mixed worldview. So, strong caution is advised for THE SAPPHIRES.
THE SAPPHIRES is a warm-hearted movie that will make viewers cry and laugh at the same time. Each actress has a wonderful voice, and it’s delightful when they sing. THE SAPPHIRES shows the importance of family staying with each other and supporting one another’s dreams. It also portrays some interesting, unique situations about Australian culture. However, there is some foul language, dangerous situations and implied affairs with a child out of wedlock. There are also some drug references. All this gives THE SAPPHIRES a mixed worldview, so strong caution is advised.