Paradise Road

Paradise Road

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Director: Bruce Beresford

Cast: Bruce Beresford, Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett

     
 

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Based on the testimony of survivors, this historical drama recounts the WWII heroism of female prisoners of war. (Glenn Close) stars as Adrienne Partiger, a society doyenne who flees Singapore with other expatriate women, mostly the wives of servicemen, when Japanese forces invade in 1942. When their gunboat is sunk in an air attack, the survivors wash ashore on

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Based on the testimony of survivors, this historical drama recounts the WWII heroism of female prisoners of war. (Glenn Close) stars as Adrienne Partiger, a society doyenne who flees Singapore with other expatriate women, mostly the wives of servicemen, when Japanese forces invade in 1942. When their gunboat is sunk in an air attack, the survivors wash ashore on Japanese-held Sumatra. The women are interned in a grim POW camp where punishments for even minor infractions are extreme. With the help of a missionary (Pauline Collins), Partiger corrals the women, including a tough American (Julianna Margulies), an Australian nurse (Cate Blanchett) and a young wife (Jennifer Ehle) into a musical group. Since singing is not allowed, the a cappella chorus dubs itself "a vocal orchestra" and is tolerated -- if barely -- by their Japanese captors. Though living conditions are squalid, food is scarce, and a thin sliver of soap inspires a shower brawl, the music keeps spirits uplifted and a Jewish-German doctor (Frances McDormand) provides some medical aid. Writer-director Bruce Beresford interviewed real-life participants in similar POW musical groups. Some provided, from memory, sheet music of the pieces they performed, which were used in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0086162604133
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Adrienne Pargiter
Pauline Collins Margaret Drummond
Cate Blanchett Susan McCarthy
Frances McDormand Dr. Verstak
Julianna Margulies Topsy Merritt
Jennifer Ehle Rosemary Leighton-Jones
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Roberts
Tessa Humphries Celia Roberts
Susie Porter Oggi
Sab Shimono Colonel Hiroyo
Wendy Hughes Mrs. Dickson
James Donadio Actor

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director,Screenwriter
Alison Barrett Casting
Graham Burke Executive Producer
Gregory Coote Producer
Brian Cox Special Effects
Brian Edmonds Set Decoration/Design
Ross Edwards Score Composer
Colin Fletcher Asst. Director
David Giles Original Story
Ian Gracie Art Director
Martin Meader Original Story
Joseph Middleton Casting
Sue Milliken Producer
Peter James Cinematographer
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Wellburn Editor
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Yap Executive Producer

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Paradise Road 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
inkspired More than 1 year ago
I found this movie to be much more than I had expected. Based on a true story - really! Mostly high society women are captured by the Japanese, after their ship sailing them to freedom is torpedoed by the Japanese. This movie is a testament to the human spirit. They all have different ways of keeping their dignity alive in horrible circumstances. As always, Glenn Close delivers a superb performance. However, the other actors in this move are equally excellent, all supporting each other. There is a wonderful scene where one of the guards lets his "guard" down and we see his genuine human-ness. Memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago