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Pride (2007)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 23 March 2007 (USA)
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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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Sunu Gonera

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Kevin Michael Smith (screenplay), Michael Gozzard (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inspired by true events. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

The shots of the Philadelphia skyline at the beginning of the movie reveal many buildings that did not exist in 1974. 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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BACK STABBERS
Written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
Performed by The O'Jays
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Been there. Done that.
10 March 2007 | by jdesandoSee 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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