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Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

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Katja von Garnier

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Jennifer Friedes (story), Sally Robinson (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Alice Paul
Margo Martindale ... Harriot Blatch
Anjelica Huston ... Carrie Chapman Catt
Frances O'Connor ... Lucy Burns
Lois Smith ... Anna Shaw
Vera Farmiga ... Ruza Wenclawska
Brooke Smith ... Mabel Vernon
Adilah Barnes ... Ida Wells-Barnett
Laura Fraser ... Doris Stevens
Semen Hirzhner Semen Hirzhner ... Russian Mover
Jeremy Nichols Jeremy Nichols ... Russian Mover's Son
Donna York Dunn Donna York Dunn ... Woman on Street
Kristina Vensko Kristina Vensko ... Young Jenny Leighton
Molly Parker ... Emily Leighton
Lois Sanders Lois Sanders ... Nancy Barkin
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Storyline

Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 Women's Suffrage movement fight for future generations right to vote and run for office. Sacrificing their health, marriages and the limited amount of freedom they had, women were imprisoned and force fed after picketing and hunger-striking against war-time president, Woodrow Wilson; but survived to see the results of their efforts. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Votes for women. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice Paul - Der Weg ins Licht See more »

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(cinema release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Hilary Swank and Margo Martindale previously appeared in Million Dollar Baby (2004) in the same year. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where the women discuss the US entering WWI while at a restaurant, Lucy is shown from behind gesturing with her fork in her hand. When the shot switches to in front of her, her hand hasn't changed positions but the fork is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Burns: Don't you ever want to get married?
Alice Paul: I'm busy that day.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't She Sweet
(1927)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Good movie with important message
14 September 2004 | by hockeywenchSee all my reviews

I think it's hard for most to remember that women have had the right to vote for less then 100 years. If nothing else this movie may help to renew interest in an issue that most like to conveniently forget. Hillary Swank and Frances O' Connor give wonderful performances as Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. And Anjelica Huston is subtle and formidable as Carrie Chapman Catt. And I loved that Inez Millholland was included-she was an important part of the movement and Julia Ormond is fabulous. This movie is beautifully shot and masterfully edited. It also has a modern soundtrack with great remixs by Sarah McLachlan, Mandalay and Lauren Hill. One criticism though-they didn't do a very good job of showing a true representation of the time and effort it took to achieve the 20th amendment. They made it seem like a few women staged a hunger strike and BAM...votes. So many women gave their health, lives and blood for the movement...they deserve more. There are ways to show time progression, they didn't choose to. More time was given over to the relationship between the suffragettes but it is very well done.


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