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Paradise Road

Year: 1997
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Frances McDormand, Cate Blanchett, Juliana Margulies, Wendy Hughes
This is an interesting production from the pint of view of its roots. Bringing together a great cast of Americans, Australians and Brit actors, it tells the story of a group of women in a Japanese POW camp in Singapore in World War two when the Japanese start their relentless offensive across Asia.

To rise above the misery and oppression, two of them (Glenn Close and Pauline Collins) become friends and organise to lead the rest of the women in a choir that ends up lifting all their spirits higher than they could have imagined and enables them to survive the brutality.

A great opening scene of the nightclub full of guys, dolls and sharp army types as the Japanese attack (with Julie Anthony on vocals and Robert Grubbe as a local officer), and the action, drama and emotion are intense and gripping.

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