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The Iron Ladies (2000)
"Satree lek" (original title)

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A triumph over adversity. Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball Team.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jesdaporn Pholdee ...
Chai
Sahaphap Tor ...
Mon
Ekachai Buranapanit ...
Wit
Giorgio Maiocchi ...
Nong
Chaichan Nimpulsawasdi ...
Jung
Kokkorn Benjathikoon ...
Pia
Shiriohana Hongsopon ...
Coach
Phomsit Sitthijamroenkhun ...
April
Sutthipong Sitthijamroenkhun ...
May
Anucha Chatkaew ...
June
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The Iron Ladies tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals. Mon, who becomes the team leader, was a very talented player who constantly failed to be selected for various teams because he was gay. Jung, Mon's best friend, also experienced the same treatment but was always more optimistic about things. Their chance comes when Coach Bee is selected to put together a winning team, and she announces that the team will be open for all to tryout. But when the coach selects both Jung and Mon to be on the team, some of the more macho players resign in protest. In order to form a team, the coach asks Mon to find a few of his friends to join the team. They select Nong, a gay sergeant in the army; Pia, the transsexual star of a cabaret show; and Wit, whose parents don't know that their only son is gay. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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4 March 2000 (Thailand)  »

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$6,747 (USA) (7 September 2001)

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$110,825 (USA) (15 February 2002)
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Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball team, which was made up of gay male team members, transvestite team members, and one transsexual (male to female) team member. See more »

Quotes

Nong: Remember, girls, as soon as there's a break, bring me my foundation!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Pratooteepidtai
Lyrics by Mr. Siritana Hongsopon
Composer/Arranger Mr. Karanai Kijpramote, Mr. Romwong Srichalyan
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A good sports movie!
24 October 2003 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

You all know the plot .. a team of dis-advantaged misfits takes on the reigning champs and triumph in an emotional demonstration of "heart" and teamwork over the talented, but ultimately flawed, defenders.

You've seen it a hundred times. You'll see it a hundred more times. And every time you see it you'll wonder why you bothered because, generally, these films suck like a black hole.

But not this one.

I can't tell you exactly why this one works .. you know how it will end before you even get to your seat .. but it stands head and shoulders above all of the also rans (see what I did there? A sports metaphor)

Let's be honest - it's a formula film and it's not going to make you think and it's not going to break down the boundaries of film. But it does deliver humour and some passable performances and it does NOT cram "teamwork" down your throat. It's fun.

My second favourite sports film after Slap Shot. And I only like two sports films.


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