September 23rd, 2014



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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.2/10 (1,689 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Matthew Warchus

Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Ben Schnetzer - Mark
Abram Rooney - Young Guy
Jim McManus - Old Man
George MacKay - Joe
Monica Dolan - Marion
Matthew Flynn - Tony
Andrew Scott - Gethin
Joseph Gilgun - Mike
Faye Marsay - Steph
Freddie Fox - Jeff
Lucy Timmons - Woman with Little Girl
Jordan Metcalfe - Charlie
Roger Morlidge - Wardrobe Master
Dean Ashton - Young Man
Chris Overton - Reggie


Official Website: official tumblr | official Twitter

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 12 September 2014

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Technical Specs


In the final scene shot outside the Houses of Parliament and set in the late 1980s, Portcullis House is shown in the background. The building was not commissioned until 1992 and only opened in 2001. Also, the Terrace of the Commons is shown in the background of the same scene with marques on it. These would not have been installed in the 1980s and were a later addition. See more »

User Review


Rating: 9/10

Probably few things have divided the British people more in the last forty years than Margaret Thatcher's time as Conservative leader. The pivot point for that hatred/worship was the protracted dispute with the National Union of Mineworkers in 1984/85. Arthur Scargill led the miners in a fight to the death against pit closures and their way of life; Maggie Thatcher led the government and establishment that could never afford to lose that battle. Britain would have been a very very different place if history's dice had fallen differently.

It would make a great movie. But "Pride" isn't it.

Whilst based on a surprising true story and whilst the politics of the strike forms the backdrop to the story, politics itself doesn't really rear its head in the film (other than the rather one-sided perspective of the miners that they were 'right' and the Thatcher and police in general were 'evil'). Instead, this is really a study of the enormous prejudice and real physical danger faced by the gay and lesbian community in London and the country in general.

George MacKay ("Sunshine on Leith") plays "Bromley" (real name Joe) – a 20-year old (so therefore under-age at the time) who is a closet gay. He lives a normal suburban middle-class life with his unsuspecting parents whilst also supporting the LGSM ('Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners') action group. This is led by Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer, "The Book Thief"), who drives forward the goal of raising financial aid for the striking miners' families. Helping him are his assorted friends including gay couple Jonathan and Gethin (Dominic West and the brilliant Andrew – "Moriaty" – Scott), Mike (Joseph Gilgun), Jeff (Freddie Fox) and Steph (Faye Marsay… "I'm the 'L' in LGSM!").

The irony is that the miners are generally speaking the most homophobic group that they could ever hope to find, so the union wants nothing to do with them or their money. Through necessity, the group focuses on one small Welsh village and on turning the community (their attitude that is!) to accept them and their gifts. Even this reduced scope proves to be an uphill struggle.

Whilst this is first and foremost a 'comedy drama', a menacing presence in the film is the AIDS virus: this was a time before retroviruses, when being diagnosed HIV-positive was a short and dark path to the graveside. Yet at a time when thousands were dying of the disease, Jonathan has the alternative moniker of "Number 2" – the second person in the country to be diagnosed as HIV-positive but mysteriously still alive.

The film is a tour de force of British acting talent. In particular (give or take the odd dodgy accent) the characters who make up the Welsh community are all superb: Paddy Considine ("Hot Fuzz", "The Bourne Ultimatum") plays the open and reasonable envoy first sent to London to meet LGSM; Bill Nighy in a quiet and understated performance (yes, you heard me right) plays Cliff; Imelda Staunton plays the hilarious role of Hefina, leader of the committee group; Jessica Gunning is pitch-perfect as Sian – a tea lady with a feisty attitude and Maureen (Lisa Palfrey) is a delightfully unlikable homophobic miner's wife who stokes trouble with contemptuous glee. Finally, a good share of the comic lines go to the marvelous Menna Trussler as the bespectacled old dear Gwen.

Both MacKay and Schnetzer head up the younger end of the cast admirably: I was very rude about Schnetzer's performance in my "Book Thief" review, but he is a revelation in this film. Andrew Scott is as magnetic as always, and Dominic West shines as the nearest to Simon Callow's memorable "Four Wedding's…" character that we've seen, swapping "Bloody Brigadoon" Scottish dancing for lively disco-led moves.

Matthew Warchus, better known as a Broadway director and a relative stranger to the film set, directs with verve and style. The comic timing delivered through the final edit is very sharp. And the pathos and tragedy is handled very sensitively but very powerfully: there were a number of ladies in the cinema I saw who were in floods of tears when the lights came up. (Also, as a further warning for tissue supplies to take into the cinema, if like me you have a Welsh other half then the combination of panoramic Welsh landscapes and (very moving) close harmony singing will trigger severe homeland-sickness: you can take the girl out of Wales, but… ).

This film came close to perfect. But I had a few issues with the (generally excellent) script by Stephen Beresford. The reason for Mark's dramatic change of heart in the middle of the film was rather poorly explained (if explained at all). And was it me or did one of Maureen's rabidly homophobic sons do a U-turn in appearing with the other miners at the (remarkably, historically correct) gay pride march at the end of the film? If so, this seems to be an unnecessary and Hollywood-style candy-coating too far.

Above all, for me this is a film that both highlights how far we have come in thirty years in the area of gay rights and perhaps how far there still is to go. As a particularly touching example, seeing how difficult it was for the teenage Joe to come out to his parents in 1985 made me realise it is probably almost as hard today as it was then. Whilst levels of both expectation and acceptance are higher today, it is still a hard conversation to have… "Perhaps you'd like me to take you to the cinema to see a film Mum and Dad?".

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March 23rd, 2007



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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.0/10 (4,415 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Sunu Gonera

Stars: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise

The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

Writers: Kevin Michael Smith, Michael Gozzard

Terrence Howard - Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac - Elston
Kimberly Elise - Sue Davis
Tom Arnold - Bink
Brandon Fobbs - Puddin Head
Alphonso McAuley - Walt
Regine Nehy - Willie
Nate Parker - Hakim
Kevin Phillips - Andre
Scott Eastwood - Jake (as Scott Reeves)
Evan Ross - Reggie
Gary Anthony Sturgis - Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
Jesse Moore - Artrell (Willie's Father)
Carol Sutton - Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
Tony Bentley - Race Official (UOFB) (as Tony Bently)

Taglines: Inspired by true events.


Official Website: Lionsgate Films [United States] |

Release Date: 23 March 2007

Filming Locations: Louisiana State University - Highland Road & Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Gross: $7,036,608 (USA) (22 April 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Germany: (European Film Market)

Did You Know?

The journal that the character of Puddin Head writes in is actor Brandon Fobbs's actual personal journal.

Continuity: During the final butterfly event, the digital display shows the order in which the teams finished. However, a moment later the announcer switches the order of the second and third place teams.

Jim Ellis: My life is way too short for me to spend my time around people who don't care about nothin'.

User Review

Why Can't People Be Honest Anymore?

Rating: 5/10

I'm giving this movie a 5 out of 10. Sorry to those that think every movie that doesn't win an Oscar deserves less than a 3 on a scale of ten. But seriously, why can't people be honest or think rationally anymore? I don't care how much this movie lacked, whether in acting or script, the feeling that I felt leaving the theater may not have left me in complete satisfaction, but I felt happy and good inside. Is there something wrong with just feeling good now? I understand where the criticism comes from, which is why I don't rate this higher. The script was all over the place; sometimes you didn't know what was going on or why. Tom Arnold was more annoying to watch than anyone else, the fact that Mainline scheduled no-name recreation centers for their opponents sounds unbelievable, Franklin's so called gangster status was unconvincing (not to mention seeing what he did to pool was disgusting), and even Terrence Howard sounded way too corny at times. But COME ON! This isn't a 1.7 out of ten kind of movie. Bernie Mac was hilarious for the first time in a while, the setting and music was very accurate and good, and the swimming scenes were real and believable. People need to think about what they saw before giving movies such bad reviews. It doesn't matter how bad some of the recent movies have been, but there are about 10 movies from the last two years in the bottom 100 movies of all time! WHAT? Be honest. Give some of these movies a chance. And for some of those who are wondering, I'm white, so I'm not "defending by race" either. I think this movie is somewhat worth it, definitely watchable and, although I would not recommend this overly, I think that someone could get a lot out of this movie.


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