The Sapphires

The Sapphires

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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Inspired by a true story, it's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains U.S. troops in Vietnam.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California :, Weinstein Company :, Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment,, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen (2.40:1) version.
Copyright Date: ©2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Blu ray) (99 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.

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ba_library
Sep 21, 2017

Cute movie about 4 Aboriginal girls who sing together. Based on a true story, the girls audition
at a talent show in some rural location near Melbourne in the late 1960s. They sing a Merl
Haggard song. The crowd is unfriendly because they are black. The talent show organizer
recognizes their talent and tries to encourage them when they lose the talent show. One of the girls finds an ad for auditions for singing groups to perform in Vietnam for U.S. troops. They hit up the talent show organizer for help. He convinces them that they need to be a soul act like the Supremes – much more popular than old country tunes. The girls decide to recruit their cousin who sang with them as children. She is a fair-skinned Aboriginal who was taken from her home as a child – it was an Australian practice to remove fair skinned Aboriginals and place them in white homes with white families. Watch the movie Rabbit- Proof Fence for a film on this subject. The Australian government classified Aboriginal people as flora and fauna during this era which makes this film interesting being set in the late 1960s. American African Americans are fighting for civil rights, Australian Aboriginals are still being classified as some sort of native plants. The girls go to Vietnam and perform, at times without any sort of protection. The film was written by one of the girls nephews and in the bonus material they interview the original women about their experience.

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Nooksack20
Jun 29, 2017

Really a good movie. Combination of comedy, drama, romance, racial undertones, and Vietnam war era.

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mmoors
Feb 08, 2017

Really liked this movie, it's reminiscent of one my favorites - "The Commitments." Great music, engaging characters!

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Marvo301
Sep 29, 2016

This movie depicts the racism suffered by aboriginies at the hands of the Australian government. There are parallels to how the Canadian government treated our first nations and to how blacks were treated in the American South. The film focuses on four young Aboriginal ladies who used soul music to overcome their hardships. They win an audtion to go to Vietnam and entertain the troops. during their time there they are exposed to the ouside world for the first time and are exposed to the horrors of war and also to fame and adulation.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Loosely based on the true story of the real Sapphires girl group, THE SAPPHIRES was more than I expected. An underpublicized flick, I don't know anyone who saw it. But I'm glad I did. It has a stupendous soundtrack, to start off with, but the story and execution is great, too. The most superb aspect, though, is the inclusion of the reality of the reservation and institutionalizion of the Australian Aborigines and the horrifying existence of residential schools during this era. Despite being fluffy and upbeat, it doesn't shy away from the truth. That being said, what a lovely positive film about such a dark period of history. For those who can't handle anything too hard-hitting, but want to know more about the racially charged Aboriginal issues in Australia's history, THE SAPPHIRES is a good place to start. You won't feel awful after watching it, but you'll be a bit more informed. I highly recommend it. (And FYI: The male lead is fictional. Dave isn't based on a real person. Just thought I'd clarify for the previous commenters.)

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OsamaBinLifting
Jul 19, 2016

The Abnorimes will live in peace with the Rainbow Serpent

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juin1978
May 06, 2016

Excellent film. Très inspirant et surprenant.

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fosterclaw
Apr 22, 2016

Australians were stealing aboriginal children to be raised by whites and to act white in a pathetic integration scheme whereas they were not even fully accepted by white society. You don't say. The Canadian government did the same thing to our natives around the same time. It's a good movie and the singing is fantastic, but it's not really a feel good movie. I felt really annoyed at white people watching this movie, despite being a white person. At least we have evolved some since the 70's. One of the sons of the real characters of the story co-wrote this movie.

uvillereader Mar 09, 2016

Brought this home on a lark and it totally paid off! The story is great and the music is even better!

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hammer59
Jan 24, 2016

Original and unique film.

It is shameful to learn that the Aussies classified the Aboriginal people as "Flora and fauna."

Whilst the ugliness of racism is touched upon....the beauty of love and soul and music transcends the ironic human condition and triumphs!
Great story, strong story, true story.

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jimg2000
Jan 24, 2014

Dave: Before we go than, girls when I met you, you were doing all country and western thing and that's fine. We all make mistakes. But here is what we learn from that mistake. Country and western music is about loss. Soul music is also about loss. But the difference is in country and western music, they've lost, they've given up and they are just all whining about it. In soul music they are struggling to get it back, they haven't given up.

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