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Made in Dagenham

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Uplifting tale of fight for equal pay; strong language.

Movie R 2010 113 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

awsome movie.

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s, MADE IN DAGENHAM is based on a true story about a group of spirited women who joined forces, took a stand for what was right, and in doing so, found their own inner strength. Although far from the Swinging Sixties of Carnaby Street, life for the women of Dagenham, England is tinged with the sounds and sights of the optimistic era, heard on their radios and seen on their TV sets. Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins) reflects that upbeat era, along with her friends and co-workers at the city's Ford Motor Factory -- Sandra (Jamie Winstone), Eileen (Nicola Duffett), Brenda (Andrea Riseborough), Monica (Lorraine Stanley) and Connie (Geraldine James) -- who laugh in the face of their poor conditions. Lisa (Rosamund Pike) is a fiercely intelligent Cambridge-educated woman who feels a bit trapped, tending to the home with a husband that suggests she keep her opinions to herself. She may not live in the same world as the other women, but she shares their views. No one thought the revolution would come to Dagenham, until one day, it did. Rita, who primarily sees herself as a wife and mother, is coerced into attending a meeting with shop steward Connie, sympathetic union representative Albert (Bob Hoskins) and Peter Hopkins (Rupert Graves), Ford's Head of Industrial Relations. What she expects to be simply a day out of work, complete with a free lunch, turns into much more when she and her colleagues become outraged by the lack of respect shown in the meeting to the women employees. With humor, common sense and courage Rita and the other women take on their bosses, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government, as their intelligence and unpredictabilit proves to be a match for any of their male opponents. Daring to stand up and push boundaries, the women changed a system that no one wanted to admit was broken. so i saw this last year's well praised British movie today, i wanted to see this movie for my favorite actress Sally Hawkins. i was really surprised by how well this movie turned out to be. very inspiring and touching movie. women empowerment and their fight for what was right and what was their but couldn't get. starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James and Rosamund Pike, and many others it is a well acted movie. movie is overall beautifully done, excellent art direction, cinematography and costumes like every British movie it had that classic touch to it. well written, nice story. and amazing performance by Sally Hawkins. i was truly delighted by her performance. Nigel cole did a brilliant job with this movie. it has dramatic and sad scenes too but it is entertaining too with those womens. i really liked this movie. i was hoping for some Oscar nominations back then. Sally was outstanding in it. A superb and thought provoking movie which deserves to be seen and loved. go see it must.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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A film about the triumph of the underdog is not original, but done well and with heart, it's always affecting; MADE IN DAGENHAM is one such film. It feels authentic, has wonderful performances, and avoids sentimentality. Sally Hawkins sparkles in her role as "everywoman." The filmmakers have gathered an impressive array of supporting players, paid important attention to the detail of the period, and worked from a script that feels fresh even though the story can't help but be predictable. (Why would they have made this movie if Rita O'Grady and her followers had failed in their endeavor?)

Sad that it has an R rating which might keep many young people from experiencing this entertaining and moving lesson in gender politics.

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