Paradise Road

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • UPC: 086162604133
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
Wendy Hughes Mrs. Dickson
Tessa Humphries Celia Roberts
Susie Porter Oggi
Sab Shimono Colonel Hiroyo
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
Peter James Cinematographer
Martin Meader Original Story
Joseph Middleton Casting
Sue Milliken Producer
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Paradise Road

    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.

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