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Suffragette (2015)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History  |  12 October 2015 (UK)
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The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Miller
Norman Taylor
Amanda Lawrence ...
Miss Withers
Miss Samson
George Watts
Sonny Watts
Mrs. Garston
Male Laundry Worker
Mrs. Coleman
Alice Haughton
Mr. Cummins
Finbar Lynch ...
Hugh Ellyn


A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. Written by Production

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Rated PG-13 for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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12 October 2015 (UK)  »

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$76,244 (USA) (23 October 2015)


$4,069,970 (USA) (27 November 2015)

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Did You Know?


Helena Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916, during the height of the suffrage movement. He was a staunch opponent of votes for women. See more »


When the suffragettes are within the Central Lobby of the Houses of Parliament, several railings can be viewed on the windows in the background. These were not added to the windows until 1917, 5 years after the film is set, in tribute to the suffragettes who chained themselves to them in 1908. The railings used to be situated in the Ladies Gallery of the Commons but were removed so as to prevent similar political protests at the time. See more »


Maud Watts: Your mother's name is Maud Watts.
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Featured in Projector: Suffragette/The Program (2015) See more »


Performed by Robyn Sherwell
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Acting Triumphs over Occasionally Formulaic Plot - Alas, Still Relevant
20 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cinema's efforts to dramatize major social upheavals are always somewhat problematic, either focusing too wide, so that the viewer doesn't adequately relate to individual participants' challenges, or too narrowly, pulling their struggle out of the necessary context. Despite the predictability of some elements in its story, Suffragette achieves a pretty good balance between background and foreground. The movie was directed by Sarah Gavron, with a screenplay by Abi Morgan. By 1912, many decades of asking politely for the vote and expanded rights has achieved nothing for British women. Finally, their leader Emmeline Pankhurst declares, "deeds not words," ushering in a new era of militancy, including bombs in post boxes. In part this new tactic is necessary because government and media collude to keep the suffragette's demands quiet. No one knows the extent of the movement or public sympathy for it, and government wants to keep it that way. We see male officials fretting about the situation, but the film mostly shows "ordinary women" whose lives have become unbearably suffocating. Some of them are torn by the choices they have to make, while others have moved beyond doubt and are determined to grab the government's attention, no matter the consequences. The movie is fortunate in the actors selected for these foreground roles. Carey Mulligan is, as ever, perfect as Maud Watts, a young mother who's worked in a Dickensian laundry since childhood and becomes involved with the movement by chance; Anne-Marie Duff is a true believer who has to reconsider; Helena Bonham Carter and Natalie Press have left doubt in the dust. (Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of H.H. Asquith, Prime Minister of Britain during the height of the suffragette movement, which he opposed.) The government brings in a Special Branch investigator, played by Brendan Gleeson, to track the women's movements, and he zeroes in on Watts, thinking she may crack. Meryl Streep makes a cameo appearance as Pankhurst, and of course it would have been great to see more of her, but that would have drawn light away from the everyday women who ultimately had to say to themselves, enough. British women received partial suffrage in 1918 and full suffrage a decade later. "While nobody—least of all Maud—supposes that the vote will solve everything, it will at least be a start," said A.O. Smith in the New York Times. As a scroll at the end of the movie attests, worldwide acceptance of women's suffrage is still incomplete and, for many, the start hasn't yet started.

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