The Sapphires
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"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."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
""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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The clichés are rendered painless by excellent performances from the five principles, with O'Dowd and Mailman particularly standing out."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The skill and sly moments of real panache help turn The Sapphires into a shining example of the type of film this country really ought to be making more of."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"Quite possibly the least original movie you'll see this summer -- and one of the most enjoyable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""The Sapphires" sparkles with sass and Motown soul."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A heavy-handed anti-racism message isn't easier to take when played to a Motown beat, though the Australian comedy-drama The Sapphires acts otherwise."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Tries to dazzle itself but the shine comes off quickly, as this weakly structured story flees at the sight of any lingering dramatic conflict, preferring to turn history into a pleasant song-and-dance routine."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The mood is so charming and the music so inspiring that you continually cut it a break."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"You could drive an Abrams tank through the film's plot holes, but you'll likely be too busy enjoying yourself to bother."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"Sapphires is hardly a cinematic diamond mine. But this Commitments-style mashup of music and melodrama manages to entertain without demanding too much of its audience."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The Sapphires has too many facets."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A unique and heartening look at four young women blossoming into mature adults as they enjoy a bout with success in the midst of a hard-fought war."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"By-the-numbers in every sense of the word, the film tracks a tried-and-true sort of triumph while featuring renditions of soul classics so bursting with energy and joy you won't care that the originality meter is leaning on empty."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
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