Watch Now

From $10.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The death of a teenager's father leaves her orphaned until she discovers the mother she never knew. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer. Together they win races and form new bonds that lead her back to happiness.

Director: Frank E. Johnson
Stars: Julianne Michelle, Claire Forlani, Jason Gedrick
Rebound (2005)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An acclaimed college basketball coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.

Director: Steve Carr
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Breckin Meyer
The Wiz (1978)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An adaption of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell
Like Mike (2002)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.

Director: John Schultz
Stars: Shad Moss, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut
Fantasy | Family | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron
Stars: Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Geneviève Bujold
The Proud Family (2001–2005)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Animated adventures of Penny Proud, a girl growing up with the help of her friends.

Stars: Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton
The Rookie (2002)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths
Secretariat (2010)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

Director: Randall Wallace
Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale
Little Giants (1994)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron
Action | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

Director: Harald Zwart
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Nick Persons is a selfish player who owns a collectables sports shop in New York. Everything in his life is perfect until he meets Suzanne Kingston, a business woman who has something Nick ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jim Ellis
...
...
Sue Davis
...
Bink
...
Puddin Head
...
Walt
...
Willie
...
Hakim
...
Andre
...
Jake (as Scott Reeves)
...
Reggie
...
Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
...
Artrell (Willie's Father)
...
Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
...
Race Official (UOFB) (as Tony Bently)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Reach for it with everything you've got. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.D.R.  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,373,400 (USA) (7 November 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to his mini-documentary before his stand up special "Laugh At My Pain", actor/comedian Kevin Hart said he was a part of this real swim team in Philadelphia. See more »

Goofs

During the final butterfly event, the digital display shows the order in which the teams finished. A moment later the announcer switches the order of the second and third place teams. 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'.
See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

LET'S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO
Written by Cary Gilbert, Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble) and Leon Huff
Performed by The Philadelphia All-Stars
Courtesy of Philadelphia International Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Overall a decent movie.
26 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pride is about an African-American swim coach, Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who rebuilds a swimming pool in a Philadelphia Recreation center and starts an all-black swim team. Overall the acting is a average and sometimes corny, but hey that's what happens when you hire Tom Arnold and Bernie Mac to try to be serious actors. Terrence Howard does a pretty good job as Jim Ellis, but he does cry a bit much.

The movie does not provide an accurate portrayal of swimming, however. No team with 5 swimmers can win a state meet as team because 5 people can't accumulate enough points even if they were to win every race they swam in. In a swim meet, there is a limit to how many events one person can swim in. Usually its 2 relays and 2 individual events. You get more points if you win an event but you still get points if you finish in like the top 8. If one swimmer from a school gets 1st place, and two swimmers from another school get 2nd and 3rd, then the school that had the 2nd and 3rd place swimmers, gets more points. A big team with a lot of swimmers will beat a small team, even if the small team has good swimmers, so the idea of PDR's small swim team beating a big swim team is not realistic.

I'm not sure how they did it in the 1970's but I doubt they used a gun to start a race. Also, not once did I see any times announced and that's what swimming is all about. Swimming is mainly an individual sport, with the exception of relays. They just put all the individual's points together from a school and make that team points. You swim to make your times better, and if the movie had times in it, then it would have been more authentic.

I did not live in the 1970's, so I don't know if girls swam against guys, but from my experience with swimming I found the idea that Willie (the black girl swimmer) beating all the guys in butterfly is unrealistic. The idea of a girl beating guys is not totally far-fetched. (Hey I know girls that are faster than me in certain events) But in the movie the last meet is supposed to be a state meet or a national meet or something like that, so the guys there are really fast and no girl, even if she is the fastest girl, can beat the fastest guys.

One part that was completely stupid, was in the 1st meet between Main Line and PDR when the white guy swimmer, kicked Hakim in the face during the 50 yard freestyle. Do you have any idea how difficult that would be? Go and try it. Get in a pool with lanes and tell your buddy to swim in the lane next to you and try and kick him after you do a flip turn. First off, to be able to reach the person next to you, both of you would have to swimming really close to the lane line, and most swimmers, when they are racing swim in the middle to avoid running into the lane lines. The part that makes it really hard is the fact that they did it after a flip turn. (For those of you who aren't swimmers that's when you swim into the wall do a somersault, push off the wall, and go back the other way) After a flip turn you are somewhat disoriented and I don't think you would be able to reach over and kick the guy swimming next to you.

The movie is inspiring, but it could have been a lot better if they had a more experienced director.


27 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is Terrence Howard considered A-List? bclark623
2.7 - Unbelievable EXodus25X
i'm black...i hated this film...but for reasons other than race Frozilla_Firefox
Swimming? karmba420
extreme HOTTNESS!!! jamaican-me-crazy
Why low rating? km3221
Discuss Pride (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?