- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 6, 2013
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
- Note: The Making of The Sapphires
- Interview with The Original Sapphires
- The Music of The Sapphires with Jessica Mauboy
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2012
"First-time filmmaker Wayne Blair keeps the tempo brisk with a succession of smartly staged soul classics."
Wall Street Journal - 03/21/2013
"It's a joyous affair that's distinguished by its music, and by the buoyant spirit of its stars. They are four wonderful singers..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/21/2013
"The real star is cinematographer Warwick Thornton, whose vibrant color palette sets the desired storybook mood."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/27/2013
3 stars out of 4 -- "THE SAPPHIRES is clearly a labor of love for all involved. It's also a warm tribute to four women for whom success as performers was just the beginning."
USA Today - 03/21/2013
"A potent combination of rousing music, appealing performances and an uplifting story renders this film-festival favorite nearly impossible to resist."
Rolling Stone - 03/28/2013
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A blast] of joy and music that struts right into your heart."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/29/2013
"[O'Dowd is] effortlessly charming....THE SAPPHIRES is a movie for your heart..." -- Grade: B+
Inspired by a true story, director Wayne Blair's debut feature THE SAPPHIRES follows four Aboriginal Australian girls as they are transformed into a soulful singing group by a kindhearted musician, and later travel to Vietnam to entertain battle-weary U.S. troops. Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) are four singers with lots of passion, but precious little talent. Recognizing something special in the way the girls perform, soulful talent scout Dave (Chris O'Dowd) offers to shape them into a Motown-inspired soul group and get them out on the road. But when their first gig turns out to be on the front lines of Vietnam -- where death has become part of the daily routine -- the ambitious young singers realize they've got their work cut out for them.
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