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The Sapphires

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Film review: 'The Sapphires'

17 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Loosely based on a true story, but bearing no resemblance to anything except previous feel-good pap, The Sapphires finds four female Aboriginal Australian singers teaming up with a drunken Irish manager (Chris O’Dowd) and setting out to perform classic soul numbers for American soldiers fighting in Vietnam.
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Overall 7

The Sapphires

Film Guide
7 March 2013
  • Excerpt: The words, inspired by a true story, are enough to send many film fans scattering for cover based on some very shady movies that have abused the moniker. The Sapphires however, as their name implies, shines, and how closely o the truth the film follows, you won’t care. This is after-all a feel good movie that does just that, makes you feel good. The film looks at the early life of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from the back of beyond.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

9 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Based on a true story, "The Sapphires" is funny and moving, but most of all it is entertaining, a tribute to the adventurous central singing group. The cast of this crowd pleaser is strong and sassy and rarely miss a beat. Political issues of the era are captured but this movie doesn’t become mired in the campaigning for change. There is sufficient daring and activism in what the women achieve in their own lives, and they sure can sing. A gem.
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Overall 8

The Sapphires

5 March 2013
  • Excerpt: In The Sapphires volg je vier Aboriginal meiden met een enorm zangtalent, die gaan zingen voor het Amerikaanse leger in Vietnam. Deze film laat zien met welke problematiek de Aboriginal gemeenschap in die tijd had te maken, terwijl de zanggroep ook onderling allerlei spanningen heeft te verwerken. Hun manager zorgt daarbij vaak voor de gewenste dosis humor in de film.
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