The Sapphires

The Sapphires

The Sapphires

True-story Australian comedy, set to a soul music soundtrack, following four Aboriginal women discovered by a talent scout (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids) who form a musical group and travel to Vietnam to perform for troops. Adapted from the hit play of the same name, itself inspired by the story of writer Tony Briggs' mother.

Dave (O’Dowd) is no great musician but he knows talent. Determined to find Australia’s answer to The Supremes, he discovers sisters Cynthia and Gail singing country and western in a local talent contest. He persuades them to switch to soul and form The Sapphires with younger sister Julie and cousin Kay. Soon they’re on their way to South East Asia, singing tunes made famous by Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops.

2012Rating: PG, contains violence, coarse language & sexual references99 minsAustralia
ComedyMusicTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Aboriginal Superstars!

A very uplifting true story of a group of aboriginal entertainers making it big in Vietnam during the war. A nice snap shot of the motown music of the time that helps endear them to the american negro soldier. Some interesting dynamics between the girls and their drunkard irish musician manager who is as much a hindrance as a help.

4.0
0

It's an easy watch

Don't take it seriously. The music is good, there are a lot of laughs and the based on a true events made it even more viewable and some emotional twists.

4.0
0

A very nice little story

A lovely story, with about the right mix of humour, drama and nostalgia. Acting is excellent and it is a reminder of those dramatic days of the Vietnam war eara.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Soul music's alleged redemptive powers are fully at work in this jumbled, sketchily written but vastly appealing true-life musical comedy.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Sapphires is glossy and often silly, but it's zippy enough to make the tour worthwhile.

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It is a film with a way of disarming your critical faculties.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A jewel-bright charmer.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

All shortcomings are invariably forgiven whenever the hyper-talented Mauboy gets near a microphone, and the film's winning selection of soul standards and original tunes fire up.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Feel-good Australian cinema, packed with laughs and soul (both kinds).

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Soul music's alleged redemptive powers are fully at work in this jumbled, sketchily written but vastly appealing true-life musical comedy.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Sapphires is glossy and often silly, but it's zippy enough to make the tour worthwhile.

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It is a film with a way of disarming your critical faculties.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A jewel-bright charmer.

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

All shortcomings are invariably forgiven whenever the hyper-talented Mauboy gets near a microphone, and the film's winning selection of soul standards and original tunes fire up.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Feel-good Australian cinema, packed with laughs and soul (both kinds).

4.0
0

Aboriginal Superstars!

A very uplifting true story of a group of aboriginal entertainers making it big in Vietnam during the war. A nice snap shot of the motown music of the time that helps endear them to the american negro soldier. Some interesting dynamics between the girls and their drunkard irish musician manager who is as much a hindrance as a help.

4.0
0

It's an easy watch

Don't take it seriously. The music is good, there are a lot of laughs and the based on a true events made it even more viewable and some emotional twists.

4.0
0

A very nice little story

A lovely story, with about the right mix of humour, drama and nostalgia. Acting is excellent and it is a reminder of those dramatic days of the Vietnam war eara.

0