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Made in Dagenham (2010)

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A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.



Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Stanley ...
Matthew Aubrey ...
Brian (as Matt Aubrey)
George (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Karen Seacombe ...
Thomas Arnold ...
Sian Scott ...
Sharon O'Grady
Graham O'Grady


In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men's wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O'Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dagenham, England, 1968. An ordinary woman fights for equal pay and achieves something extraordinary. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

We Want Sex  »

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Box Office


$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£674,059 (United Kingdom), 3 October 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,563, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,094,798, 10 April 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bob Hoskins and Robbie Kay who both appear in this film but share no scenes actually appeared in a film together before this one. Both starred in Pinocchio (2008) playing father and son Geppetto and Pinoccho. See more »


A Corsair is shown among the Cortinas leaving the factory on a transporter. Corsairs were only manufactured in Dagenham after 1969. Before that, they were manufactured in Halewood. See more »


Rita O'Grady: All those in favour of not only maintaining but increasing our current industrial action by going to an immediate all-out stoppage until we get the same rates of pay as the men! Well, why not? Cause that's what this is really about, innit? We're on the lowest rate of the entire bleeding factory despite the fact we got considerable skill. And there's only one possible reason for that. It's cause we're women. And in the workplace, women get paid less than men, no matter what skill they got! Which...
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Crazy Credits

Captions in the closing credits: "Two years later in May 1970 the Equal Pay Act became law. Similar legislation quickly followed in most industrial countries across the world. Ford Motor Company Limited went on to effect changes in its employment practices and is now used as an example of a good practice employer." See more »


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Published by Universal / MCA Music Ltd Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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thought-provoking and entertaining
8 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The movie gets to convey the atmosphere of those months in 1968, where 187 women joined together and went on a strike to ask for equal salaries to men, and better conditions of work. We as viewers really feel the cohesion, the solidarity, as well as the tensions of this group. Never pedantic, or too dramatically committed, the movie gets to make the public, mainly the female one, reflect upon the hard struggle women had to face before getting some basic rights, when still actual and necessary is the reflection about today's condition of female workers, when some kind of discrimination is still to be faced. However, the movie proceeds with a soft and entertaining pace, maybe at some points too entertaining, the sparkling character of Rita O'Grady herself was invented in order to make the story more cinematographically involving. No doubt however the cast makes a difference, the actresses offer single heart-felt interpretations, in the same way as the choral shots show intensity and strong emotion.

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