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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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Jim Ellis
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Sue Davis
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Bink
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Puddin Head
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Walt
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Willie
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Hakim
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Andre
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Jake (as Scott Reeves)
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Reggie
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Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
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Artrell (Willie's Father)
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Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
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Race Official (UOFB) (as Tony Bently)
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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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Reach for it with everything you've got. See more »

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Drama | Family | Sport

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

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23 March 2007 (USA)  »

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P.D.R.  »

Box Office

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$3,533,300 (USA) (23 March 2007)

Gross:

$1,373,400 (USA) (7 November 2014)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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DARE TO DREAM
Written by John Legend, Aaron Zigman, Sunu Gonera and Jerry Hey
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Courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Akeelah and the Pool
21 June 2007 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Pride is MUCH better than the 2.6 rating - yes, it does wear its heart firmly on its sleeve, but a turkey it most definitely is not. We loved Akeelah and the Bee last year and would put this in the same sense of journey: the ad campaign and tag line should be:"The waves they created changed their world forever..."

It does what sport movies should do - gives you the training, the sport, the lift. Of course you know the step by step play but that doesn't alter the fact that this is watchable.

I'm afraid I don't get the objections on ground of race - I would imagine being poor, black, and impoverished and the first in my sport in 1974 would be realistically unbelievably tough.

If you like your films to be about values - then is is definitely worth the view.

IMDb voters should be ashamed - this is not the worst film of all time by a long shot - or all our hearts dead?

Ignore the vote - and view with an open heart - we found it decent, inspiring, and all together a satisfying view.


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