The Sapphires

One ambitious manager. Four unknown singers. The tour that put them on the charts wasn't even on the map.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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MPAA Rating
PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements and smoking.
1 hour, 43 minutes


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. official plot version from

Additional Notes

  • The screenplay was written by playwright Tony Briggs, whose mother and family members were part of The Sapphires group, and Keith Thompson.