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 Vietnam to sing for the American troops.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A solid, stirring song sung with more sincerity than polish.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 03.21.2013
Why resist?Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, 01.01.2014
The performers improve it, or save it, depending on your viewpoint.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 03.28.2013
"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, 03.28.2013