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

Director:

Sunu Gonera

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac ... Elston
Kimberly Elise ... Sue Davis
Tom Arnold ... Bink
Brandon Fobbs ... Puddin Head
Alphonso McAuley ... Walt
Regine Nehy ... Willie
Nate Parker ... Hakim
Kevin Phillips ... Andre
Scott Eastwood ... Jake (as Scott Reeves)
Evan Ross ... Reggie
Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Franklin (as Gary Sturgis)
Jesse Moore Jesse Moore ... Artrell (Willie's Father)
Carol Sutton ... Ophelia (Andre's Mother)
Tony Bentley ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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There are no shortcuts to a dream. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

A 1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88 appears in several scenes. 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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Connections

Referenced in Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011) See more »

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INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER)
Written by Marvin Gaye (as Marvin P. Gaye) and James Nyx
Performed by Grover Washington Jr.
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Akeelah and the Pool
21 June 2007 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Pride is MUCH better than the 2.6 rating - yes, it does wear its heart firmly on its sleeve, but a turkey it most definitely is not. We loved Akeelah and the Bee last year and would put this in the same sense of journey: the ad campaign and tag line should be:"The waves they created changed their world forever..."

It does what sport movies should do - gives you the training, the sport, the lift. Of course you know the step by step play but that doesn't alter the fact that this is watchable.

I'm afraid I don't get the objections on ground of race - I would imagine being poor, black, and impoverished and the first in my sport in 1974 would be realistically unbelievably tough.

If you like your films to be about values - then is is definitely worth the view.

IMDb voters should be ashamed - this is not the worst film of all time by a long shot - or all our hearts dead?

Ignore the vote - and view with an open heart - we found it decent, inspiring, and all together a satisfying view.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

P.D.R. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,533,300, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:

$7,057,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,094,650
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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