Paradise Road (1997)



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Based on the testimony of survivors, this historical drama recounts the WWII heroism of female prisoners of war. (Glenn Close) stars as Adrienne Partiger, a society doyenne who flees Singapore with other expatriate women, mostly the wives of servicemen, when Japanese forces invade in 1942. When their gunboat is sunk in an air attack, the survivors wash ashore on Japanese-held Sumatra. The women are interned in a grim POW camp where punishments for even minor infractions are extreme. With the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Beresford
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Adrienne Pargiter

as Margaret Drummond

as Susan McCarthy

as Dr. Verstak

as Topsy Merritt

as Rosemary Leighton-Jo...

as Mrs. Roberts

as Celia Roberts

as Colonel Hiroyo

as Sister Wilhelmina

as Mrs. Dickson

as Mrs. Tippler

as Helen van Praagh

as Mrs. O'Riordan

as Mrs. Conje

as The Snake

as Captain Tanaka

as Interpreter

as Singer at Raffles

as Bill Seary

as Dennis Leighton-Jone...

as William Pargiter

as Mr. Dickson

as Marty Merritt

as Robbie Roberts

as Major-General Downes

as Westmacott

as Mr. Pike

as Siobhan O'Riordan

as Sister Anna

as Antoinette van Praag...

as Mr. Moto

as Matron Heffernan

as Danny Tippler

as Michael Tippler

as Seaman Francis

as Aran O'Riordan

as Older Aran O'Riordan

as Captain Murchison

as Doctor Mizushima

as Chinese Man

as Chinese Man
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Critic Reviews for Paradise Road

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

A large cast of gifted actress, including Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, is largely wasted in Beresford's honroable but failed effort to pay tribute to a group of disparate women held captive by the Japanese in WWII.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Top Critic

Even with its grueling pageant of torture and abuse at the hands of monstrously inhuman Japanese officers, Road never reaches the heart.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Paradise Road


Wahida K

Super Reviewer

How can you give this film anything but 5 Stars. If there is one thing I enjoy about any movie, is the fact that I learned something from it. It is ashamed that it takes 50 years to learn the secrets of a War. There seems to be more and more movies coming out that tell us of these hidden secrets. This is based on a true story. I had no idea that women were held prisoner of war during World War II. All the actors were outstanding. The Human Vocal band was out of this world. And as many captives will tell you, you must band together and work on something to keep your mind from whets really happening. This is a must see and a must add to the collection. 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Incredible true story of a group of Australian, British and Dutch women who were held captive and herded into a brutal prisoner of war camp by Japanese in 1942 and couraged themselves to survive forever.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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