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Suffragette (2015)

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In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.


Sarah Gavron


Abi Morgan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne-Marie Duff ... Violet Miller
Grace Stottor ... Maggie Miller
Geoff Bell ... Norman Taylor
Carey Mulligan ... Maud Watts
Amanda Lawrence ... Miss Withers
Shelley Longworth Shelley Longworth ... Miss Samson
Adam Michael Dodd Adam Michael Dodd ... George Watts
Ben Whishaw ... Sonny Watts
Sarah Finigan ... Mrs Garston
Drew Edwards ... Male Laundry Worker
Lorraine Stanley ... Mrs Coleman
Romola Garai ... Alice Haughton
Adam Nagaitis ... Mr Cummins
Helena Bonham Carter ... Edith Ellyn
Finbar Lynch 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never give up See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »


UK | France



Release Date:

12 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las Sufragistas See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,244, 23 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,693,356, 10 January 2016
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ruby Films,Pathé,Film4 See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of about half a dozen politically themed pictures featuring actress Meryl Streep. The films are Julia (1977), Suffragette (2015), The Iron Lady (2011), Lions for Lambs (2007), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979). See more »


When Maud seeks out her son in the street after her husband has banished her, George spots her and runs up. She scoops him up into her arms and we see the soles of his shoes, which have modern plastic soles with the maker's embossing on them. See more »


Alice Haughton: This is your moment to come forward and speak up. And I will choose one person from this laundry to deliver their testimony at the House of Commons. These will be heard by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Lloyd George.
Mrs Coleman: No one cares, love.
Violet Miller: Some of us do, Mrs. Coleman. So shut your bleedin' cake-hole!
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Referenced in Inside the Commons: Reinventing the House (2015) See more »


March of the Women
By Ethel Smyth and Cicely Hamilton
Publisher: Chester Music Ltd trading as J Curwen and Sons
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The Western version of women's movement
24 January 2016 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Western movies of the 1930-50ies related to an actual historical period, vaguely had something to do with actual historical events, and they sure were entertaining. I had the same feeling when I was watching Suffragette. It's well acted and filmed, and relatively entertaining (of course, defending a fort against the Indians has more oomph to it than standing up against the evil manager of a washhouse).

The film sets out to portray how women finally got the right to vote, but in my opinion it manages to get it pretty wrong. The narration goes "women don't have the vote, then Meryl Streep, erm, Emmeline Pankhurst shows up, throws a few publicity stunts, and walla!". That's scriptwriting 101. More interesting questions would have been: * Why was Pankhurst (and her organisation) so aggressive against Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson, of all people? * Did her terrorism really help to further her cause, and how so? * What other advocates of women's suffrage were there? What were the dynamics between them? * What was the state of men's suffrage at the time? * What happened in the fifteen years between culmination of the film, the Epsom derby suicide stunt, and the eventual granting of the right to vote to women in the UK in 1928? It's not as if the one smoothly led to the other.

By the way, why is Emmeline Pankhurst shown as a privileged woman? From the movie I'd have thought that she was nobility. But in reality, she wasn't, she came from a middle class background.

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