The Sapphires (2013)
Critic Consensus: While it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES 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. Cynthia (Tapsell), Gail (Mailman), Julie (Mauboy) and Kay (Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (O'Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. (c) Weinstein … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking)|
|Genre:||Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Wayne Blair|
|Written By:||Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs|
|In Theaters:||Mar 22, 2013 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 6, 2013|
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as Myron Ritchie
as Lt. Jensen
as Young Gail
as Young Julie
as Young Kay
as Young Cynthia
as Baby Hartley
as Stevie Kayne
as Jimmy Middleton
as Young Tommy
as Singing Sailor
as Uncle Ed
as Singing Sailor
as Ed's Bass Player
as Ed's Guitarist
as Ed's Drummer
as Bruce the Handyman
as Major Wicks
as Myron's Girl
as Seamstress's Son
as Government Official
as Vietcong Commander
as Lou McGarrick
as Marine Sergeant
as Young Marine
as Stevie Kayne
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Critic Reviews for The Sapphires
This charming Australian import has a groove much like other low-key, let's-put-on-a-show indies such as Hear My Song and The Commitments, and never uses its social conscience as simply backbeat.
The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime.
You could drive an Abrams tank through the film's plot holes, but you'll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother.
"The Sapphires" feels like a movie you've already seen, but it's nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable, like a pop song that's no less infectious when you know every word.
Audience Reviews for The Sapphires
Even those who are not easily moved by a fairly conventional and predictable movie like this one will have plenty to enjoy in such a poignant feel-good story full of great performances and beautiful singing voices about a group of Aboriginal women and their musical talent.
Really good, uplifting film, based on an actual female singing group. The story built around their trip to Vietnam is purely writer's prerogative, but very enjoyable all the same. If you grew up in the sixties, and occasionally still "groove" to the oldies, then you will enjoy this movie.
Despite the common trappings, there are definitely elements that make The Sapphires a unique take on a ordinary subject. It touches on the children of Aboriginal descent who were removed from their families by the Australian government from approximately 1909 to 1969. This underscores the girls' childhood when they were living in a remote mission together. Kay's extraction from their family and the subsequent trio's evaluation in a singing competition before a bigoted judge further references this theme. Equal rights informs the underlying politics of their early lives but it's not really the focus. The script does a nice job of juggling the various forces that threaten the success of the group. It intersperses two love stories with a lot of rousing 60s Motown hits that are beautifully sung. I thoroughly enjoyed their versions of soul classics that included "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." If these characters appear a bit timeworn, the milieu is so uplifting and joyous, I didn't mind a bit. I cheered these girls on as if this was the first time I had ever seen someone take a chance in pursuit of a dream in showbiz. The Sapphires is a toe tapping, heart singing good time.
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