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      Paradise Road

      R Released Apr 11, 1997 1h 55m Drama List
      43% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 78% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings A group of foreign women -- including an educated British musician (Glenn Close), an Australian nurse (Cate Blanchett) and an American socialite (Julianna Margulies) -- leave Singapore during World War II. When their boat is attacked, they wash up in Japanese-occupied Sumatra and end up in a POW camp. Conditions there are grim, with prisoners brutally punished for minor violations. But the captives soon decide to form a singing group that just may lift these very different women out of misery. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: C+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy Variety A large cast of gifted actress, including Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, is largely wasted in Beresford's honroable but failed effort to pay tribute to a group of disparate women held captive by the Japanese in WWII. Rated: C Jun 21, 2007 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Paradise Road is a unique look back in both style and content, but its subject matter deserved more engrossing treatment. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 29, 2022 Full Review Murtada Elfadl Sundays with Cate Never lifts off to anywhere that's profound or moving or interesting Rated: C May 1, 2020 Full Review Susan Granger www.susangranger.com Rated: 3/5 Dec 26, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dan S Amazing film!! This story had to be told how Europeans suffered under the Japanese. The critics did not like it. Are you surprised?????? Ridiculous. I feel what they like are terrible films. These great films I love, they do not like. Great cast!! Great story!! Very inspirational although sad but they were so admirable!! You did not like the Japanese in the beginning but you understand them later!! One was so bad that was resentful of Europeans full of hate. The others might have been brutal but you respect them as soldiers doing their duty for Japan but many of them respected the ladies towards the end. They did not love them but they admired them to a point that they became respectful through music!! So good. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/08/23 Full Review Mohammad F FRANCES McDORMAND is THE BEST! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was really sad. Wow so many good actresses in it. Cate Blanchett and the lady from Shirley Valentine in it too. Worth watching. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't realize until the end that this was based on a true story. As with any group of women thrown together in these circumstances, there are the annoying lot that make you want to b*tch slap them, but the acting is well done, and Pamela Rabe is always true to her characters. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A little slow, but a beautiful story of human strength. The Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Powerful, poignant and tragic slice of WWII history. Top notch cast of exceptional women portraying heroic survivors. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A group of foreign women -- including an educated British musician (Glenn Close), an Australian nurse (Cate Blanchett) and an American socialite (Julianna Margulies) -- leave Singapore during World War II. When their boat is attacked, they wash up in Japanese-occupied Sumatra and end up in a POW camp. Conditions there are grim, with prisoners brutally punished for minor violations. But the captives soon decide to form a singing group that just may lift these very different women out of misery.
      Director
      Bruce Beresford
      Producer
      Greg Coote, Sue Milliken
      Screenwriter
      David Giles, Martin Meader, Bruce Beresford, Betty Jeffrey
      Distributor
      Fox, 20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Village Roadshow Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 11, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.9M
      Runtime
      1h 55m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital
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