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Pride (2007)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 23 March 2007 (USA)
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The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake (as Scott Reeves)
Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
Jesse Moore ...
Artrell (Willie's Father)
Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
Race Official (UOFB) (as Tony Bently)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two can reach higher than one. Eight will touch a miracle. See more »


Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language including some racial epithets, and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.D.R.  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,533,300, 23 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,373,400, 7 November 2014
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Technical Specs


(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When the PDR team goes to Main Line Academy for their first meet, their bus crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, going into New Jersey. Both Philadelphia and the Main Line Academy are in Pennsylvania. See more »


Jim Ellis: My life is way too short for me to spend my time around people who don't care about nothin'.
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Written by Cary Gilbert, Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) and Leon Huff
Performed by The Philadelphia All-Stars
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
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Been there. Done that.
10 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

"... marathon swimming is the most difficult physical, intellectual and emotional battleground I have encountered, and each time I win, each time I touch the other shore, I feel worthy of any other challenge life has to offer." Diana Nyad

Pride is a cliché from the first frame to the end. But I can't change the truth on which these stereotypes were built. In 1974 Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), a former swimmer now janitor, coaches a rag-tag, sand lot group of talented minorities from the Philadelphia Department of Recreation to state-wide championships in swimming by invoking PDR (pride, determination, resilience). Been there, done that in movies. Within the last year, several films were based on true stories told of coaches and players overcoming odds to become winners: Gridiron Gang, Glory Road, Coach Carter, and Invincible come to mind.

The difference from the usual fare is swimming, arguably not a strong sport for minorities. The real difference is Ellis, who slowly gains the trust of the lost young athletes at the local center. Ellis doesn't harangue like Bobby Knight or physically react like Woody Hayes; he just shows them how to swim precisely and focused while he also reinforces their need for education. Along the way, of course, is the hanging-about drug dealer/pimp with his alluring dollars and the nagging but attractive single mom, who reluctantly hooks up with Ellis.

All this usually formulaic film fiction-inspired-by-real events is made palatable by engaging actors and the spirit of this lovable coach, still working to this day, who never gave up on the students. Love and trust—sounds like an effective combo even for nations.

You've seen it all before, but you won't be bored because the truth about hard work and love is romantic and enduring.

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