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The Sapphires

  • Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens
  • Director: Wayne Blair
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy, Musical
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 103 min

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.

"The Sapphires is a movie for your heart (and your ears and moneymaker),"
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"The Sapphires isn't flawless, but who cares? It's a joyous affair that's distinguished by its music, and by the buoyant spirit of its stars."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A potent combination of rousing music, appealing performances and an uplifting story renders this film-festival favorite nearly impossible to resist."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The upstart Sapphires are a smash to watch as they cover soul tunes like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “What a Man” and “I Can’t Help Myself.”"
- Sara Stewart, New York Post