MEDIA REVIEW – FILM – THE SAPPHIRES

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What a lovely film.  Based on the true story of four Australian aboriginal ladies who sang for American troops in  Vietnam during the war.

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 Here are two of the real life ladies:

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I enjoyed it. You will, too.

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13 Responses to “MEDIA REVIEW – FILM – THE SAPPHIRES”

  1. “You will, too.”…. you can’t tell me what to do.

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  2. Oh, I LOVE Sapphires. And Emeralds, and Rubies, and Diamonds…

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  3. paulboylan Says:

    Michael – That is a very seppo thing to say, innit?

    Cat: Then you will love the film (and that is a suggestion, not an instruction: I can’t tell you what to do.

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  4. Prof I think you understand us well enough to be considered ‘seppo’ yourself, no offense.

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  5. paulboylan Says:

    LOL
    None taken, mate.

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  6. You wrote a trash post back in 8/09 about Sarah Palin and i happen to come upon the filth recently ,complete with derogatory photos, which is so loaded with crap i had to respond.Go back and re-read your filth and lies and then answer me.
    Why don’t you be more specific about all these evils that Sarah has been accused of by morons just like you. Here is the most asinine lie I have ever read and you wrote it. Your the stupid one sonny boy. And i quote the genius.
    ” She did what she knows, and that included saying and doing really dumb things, and then lying about it. She pretended to be moral when her record revealed entrenched corruption.”

    This is a load of bullshit so deep even you must not believe it. Or maybe you are a child not capable of the thought processes of an adult. I’ve never seen anyone as full of himself as you are. Be specific what are these “really dumb things” (sic). What are these lies you speak of? And where is this entrenched corruption? Your a louse my boy for you have lied knowing your deceit and that’s the worst kind of fallen man.

    Wear your big boy pants and understand this. I could not have given a damn about John McCain. He would not inspire a drowning man to swim.I would not vote for Romney and his wishy washy Conservatism if you paid me.And he lost just like the next clown the GOPe puts up will lose. The Republican party can have the 2% more blacks and the 10% more Latino vote they beg for on their hands and knees but they will lose because they have abandoned us. The Conservatives in this party of Lincoln. These men are cowards. While Sarah fought the good fight against Obama , and the abject turmoil he has spun this country in, the cowards of the Republican party sat like small children with their hands folded. Just as they sit today. Don’t you dare blame Sarah for the feeble men we have in Washington D.C.(especially the Republicans) And so shall they circle the drain along with fools like you.

    I am middle America. You can count on that. That is your problem my friend. My eyes are now open. Wide open ! And you can’t close them again. I am not for sale.
    You glory in Karl Rove.Karl Rove is a two faced bastard. i respect Obama more than i do him.And I have told him so. He’s a back stabber. Nothing more. Fat and contented are the words that come to mind when I see Rove. He has been shown naked.

    Now let me teach you something.Just what is so wrong with calling cronyism what It is? What is wrong with holding the govt. that is supposed to serve the people to account for the mess the country is in? Can you say “social engineering”? My dear Conservative for Obama ?
    If you think men like John McCain are the answer your a sad sack. Oh my ,i bet your a Jeb Bush boy. (yuck) Hell will freeze over first.
    A Sarah Palin presidency would never look like the garbage we have been fed for the last 25 years. That’s what the truth is. Look at the trash that the GOPe has given us for the last 25 years. You blame Sarah? Your an arrogant son of a bitch. Sarah took the corrupt Republicans to task in Alaska and gave up a six figure job to do it. that’s a damn good person and a damn courageous woman. The kind this political class is sorely lacking .she would do the same in Washington. That is the great fear isn’t it?

    Back up your cheap shots with facts. Sarah is 10 times the leader that Obama is. And hey how about a country not steeped in pork and cronyism. One that actually believes in the hard work of men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. (Or maybe you are he poster boy for cronyism.)
    How about a thing called the Constitution.Not the Washington we find loaded with fat bellied hustlers who arrive with moderate wealth and leave as fatted cows.
    How dare you sit on your golden perch and tell us we don’t belong and it was Reagan who invited us in. Another load of hot air. You blame Palin all you like, but the real asshole is in the mirror son.Now go pat yourself on the back for voting for Obama . You got just what you deserve. N.Y.

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  7. What I’d really like to know is whether Sarah Palin can sing?

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  8. I like turtles.

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  9. Wow. That was cool!

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  10. Yeah, turtles are Boss.

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  11. I watched the movie ‘The Sapphires’ for the first time yesterday. What a load of garbage! For us entertainers who were not with the large USO shows or the Aussie Govt. sponsored ‘Concert Parties’ (who entertained only the Aussies stationed in the Nui Dat/Vung Tau areas for no more than a 10 day tour) Vietnam was absolutely nothing like the movie! It is a real shame that the film makers could not have done a little bit more research and put into place what it was really like…..it certainly would not have cost any more. I saw shipping containers (they weren’t around then) and Americans living in tents. (they lived in ‘hootches’……most of which were air-conditioned) I saw NVA soldiers not shoot the band of girls when they were captured out in the middle of the ‘Boonies’…..what rubbish…..they would have just mown them down there and then! I heard one of the girls asking how they were going to get to Na Trang. Although we had a travel pass that was so low in status we could have walked under a snake’s belly with a top hat on, girls (especially ’round-eyes’ girls) could get whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted it. Getting a flight to Na Trang was a piece of cake!
    The so-called in country agent was some absolute shark. Our agency was professional, slick and business-like…..they had to be, they were supplying entertainment troupes to the U.S. Services through USARV-MACV. And one final rave…. (I’m not going to mention the poor acting, woeful script and the constant playing of the ‘race card’…..that was sickening!) The fact that American service personnel auditioned the girl group in Melbourne…..yet another missed opportunity to get the film so it felt ‘real’. No U.S. people in uniform ever auditioned in Melbourne, Sydney or anywhere else…..other than in country….Saigon. The private Australian agency selected the acts to send over. As a parting shot…..only two girls went to Vietnam….not four!

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  12. Oh, and one more thing…..there is a great book I have read that ‘does get it right.’ I picked it up off Amazon.com some three months ago. it’s called ‘Rock ‘N Roll in a Danger Zone.’ I thought it was bloody brilliant!

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  13. Why do you hate Australia, Jeff?

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