Paradise Road (1997)

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Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, Frances McDormand as the brash Dr. Verstak, Pauline Collins as missionary Margaret Drummond (based on missionary Margaret Dryburgh), Julianna Margulies as American socialite Topsy Merritt, Jennifer Ehle as British doyenne and model Rosemary Leighton Jones, Cate Blanchett as Australian nurse Susan McCarthy and Elizabeth Spriggs as dowager Imogene Roberts. Basing his picture on real events, Bruce Beresford tells the story of a vocal orchestra created by the women in a Japanese P.O.W. camp, a classic survivors' tale extolling women's ability to survive hardship and atrocity through perseverance, solidarity and creativity.

Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 48% / Audience 78%

7/10

Rated R 1 hr 55 mins

GENRES
Drama • History • War
DIRECTION
Bruce Beresford
CAST
Glenn Close  •  Frances McDormand  •  Pauline Collins  •  Cate Blanchett

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Glenn Close Adrienne Pargiter
Frances McDormand Dr. Verstak
Pauline Collins Daisy 'Margaret' Drummond
Cate Blanchett Susan Macarthy
Julianna Margulies Topsy Merritt
Jennifer Ehle Rosemary Leighton-Jones
Wendy Hughes Mrs. Dickson
Johanna ter Steege Sister Wilhelminia (as Johanna Ter Steege)
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Roberts
Pamela Rabe Mrs. Tippler
Clyde Kusatsu Sergeant Tomiashi, 'The Snake'
Stan Egi Captain Tanaka