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The Sapphires

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Wayne Blair

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About the Movie

1968 was the year the planet went haywire. All around the globe, there were riots and revolution in the streets. There were hard drugs, soft drugs, free love and psychedelic music. There was the shock of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's assassinations. And dominating every other news story, there was Vietnam. For four gorgeous young women from a remote Aboriginal mission, 1968 was the year that changed their lives forever. Sisters Gail, Julie and Cynthia, together with their cousin Kay, are discovered by Dave, a down-on-his-luck Irish musician with attitude, a taste for Irish Whiskey and an ear for Soul Music. Dave steers the girls away from their Country & Western origins then flies them to the war-zones of South Vietnam, where they sing Soul Classics for the American Marines. On tour in the Mekong Delta, the girls sing up a storm, dodge bullets and fall in love. Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES is a triumphant celebration of youth, courage, love, family and Soul Music.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 131
  • Fresh: 119
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Why resist? – Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, Jan 1, 2014

Fresh: The performers improve it, or save it, depending on your viewpoint. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Mar 28, 2013

Fresh: "The Sapphires" illustrates how the same old story - in this case, the one about a 1960s girl group and its struggles - can be freshened up through the novelties of place and characterization. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Mar 28, 2013

Fresh: 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, Jan 1, 2014

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Customer Reviews

The Sapphires

This is a brilliant movie. However, the cover is a sham. The aboriginal actresses are the heroes of the movie and the their manager, seen on this cover, has a supporting role. The release of the original cover showing the Sapphires front and centre was expected to be an impediment to sales in the US. Watch and enjoy, but remember this is an ill-considered and discriminating choice by the movie promoters.


This movie is awesome !!! But the girls should be on the cover

Pleasantly Surprised!

I thought it would be a waste of time but my wife insisted. I have to admit I enjoyed this movie as much as she it!

The Sapphires
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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