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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'The Sapphires'

'The Sapphires'
'The Sapphires' (credit: The Weinstein Company)


(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews "The Sapphires", the true story of a group of Aboriginal girls from Australia who persevered though racial hardships to form a musical Motown group.

KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:

KCBS Movie Review: 'The Sapphires'



It's 1968. Four young, talented Australian girls join forces with the help of an alcoholic manager and form a Motown group. When they go to entertain troops in Vietnam, they learn about friendship, forgiveness, war and showbiz. The girls themselves are ambitious, gutsy, complicated. Chris O'Dowd recognizes their talent, though their own country responds with racism and contempt because they are Aboriginal.

This musical "dramady" works on every level, with characters and situations you connect with and care about. Do not leave until the final credits. It's inspiring to know that this is a true story, co-written by one of the Sapphire's children. Find out what happened to these remarkable girls after the songs were sung.

Four hats.


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You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl's movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

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