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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.

Director:

Sarah Gavron

Writer:

Abi Morgan
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Cast

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 ... Hugh Ellyn
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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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UK | France

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English

Release Date:

12 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las Sufragistas See more »

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Budget:

$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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Ruby Films,Pathé,Film4 See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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The first time that Brendan Gleeson interviews Carey Mulligan, Brendan's hands are resting on the table between them. You can see the watch on his left wrist, visible under his cuff. Wrist watches did not become popular for men until during/after the Great War (1914-1918). See more »

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Inspector Arthur Steed: Look at me.
Maud Watts: He deserved it. If I told you...
Inspector Arthur Steed: And do you think anyone listens to a girl like you? That anyone cares? They don't. You're nothing in the world. I grew up with girls like you, Maud. People who sacrifice life for revenge and a cause. I know you. And so do they. They know how to draw on girls like you. Girls without money or prospects who want things to be better. They primp and the preen and they fluff you and they tell you - you are the foot soldiers of the cause. But, you're only ...
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Referenced in Inside the Commons: Reinventing the House (2015) See more »

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March of the Women
By Ethel Smyth and Cicely Hamilton
Publisher: Chester Music Ltd trading as J Curwen and Sons
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What's more inspiring than a film about half the population, fighting back against the corrupt system, which oppresses it?
3 December 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'SUFFRAGETTE': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Historical drama flick; about the beginning of the first feminist movement, in early 1900's Britain. It was directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. It stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep (in a cameo appearance). The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it could possibly become an upcoming awards contender. I found the movie to be educational, somewhat emotional (at times) and inspiring.

The film tells the story of a 24-year-old young woman, named Maud Watts (Mulligan). Maud was a wife, mother and laundress; in the UK, during the early 1900's. One day, while trying to deliver a package, she recognizes a co-worker, named Violet (Duff), who's involved in a suffragette riot (destroying windows). Maud is later asked to testify, for the right to vote, in place of Violet; due to the fact that Violet's husband severely beat her. After that, Maud gets extremely caught up in the movement; much to the disappointment of her husband, Sonny (Whishaw), who kicks her out of their house, because of it. Maud continues to sacrifice more and more, for the fight, including losing contact with her young son, George (Adam Michael Dodd).

I really like movies about rebellion; and what's more inspiring than a film about half the population, fighting back against the corrupt system, which oppresses it? In that way, the movie can't miss. It's well directed, decently written and powerfully acted (Mulligan is especially impressive in the lead). Streep is only in one scene of the film; and it's extremely manipulative, for the advertisers to have used her so much to sell the movie (that's not the filmmakers' fault though). I only wish the film would have been a little more emotional; it's very dramatic at times, but it seems like it could have done a little more.

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