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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Violet Miller
... Maggie Miller
... Norman Taylor
... Maud Watts
... Miss Withers
Shelley Longworth ... Miss Samson
Adam Michael Dodd ... George Watts
... Sonny Watts
... Mrs Garston
... Male Laundry Worker
... Mrs Coleman
... Alice Haughton
... Mr Cummins
... 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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Inspired by the women who inspired the world See more »


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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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12 October 2015 (UK)  »

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Las Sufragistas  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$76,244, 23 October 2015, Limited Release

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$4,693,356, 10 January 2016
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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 »

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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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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 Countdown: Episode #73.69 (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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The Western version of women's movement
24 January 2016 | by See 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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