Paradise Road Poster

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2001

R|1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett, Frances McDormand, Julianna Margulies, Jennifer Ehle, Elizabeth Spriggs, Tessa Humphries

Director: Bruce Beresford

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Village Roadshow Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Given the predictable scenario, this picture needs passion, and all it gets is his workmanlike precision. What he's constructed is worthy enough, and certainly navigable, but you need more than the bricks of craft to build a road to paradise. show more

  • The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud). show more

  • It's a beautiful movie. Too beautiful for its own good, really. show more

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