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Pride (2007)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 23 March 2007 (USA)
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)
Jesse Moore ...
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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Inspired by true events. 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.  »

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

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

Swimmers did not use goggles in swim meets (not in Philly anyway) in 1974. They were used in practice. Googles in meets started later. Also swimmers did not use the style of start (grabbing the block and throwing your arms forward) in 1974. This also started much much later. I was a swimmer in Philly in the late 60's till about 1977. 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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Referenced in Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011) See more »

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IT'S YOUR THING
Written by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and O'Kelly Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Been there. Done that.
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – 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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