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Pride (2014)

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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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... Mark
... Young Guy
Jim McManus ... Old Man
... Joe
... Marion
... Tony
... Gethin
... Mike
... Steph
... Jeff
Lucy Timmons ... Woman with Little Girl
Jordan Metcalfe ... Charlie
... Wardrobe Master
Dean Ashton ... Young Man
... Reggie
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In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Based on the inspirational true story.


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Rated R for language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Büszkeség és bányászélet  »

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The UK government had already decided to close the coal mines long before the 1984 strike, as the industry was no longer considered profitable. Many believe the strike was only fighting against the inevitable. Almost twice as many coal mines had closed under Harold Wilson (1964-70, 1974-76) than under Margaret Thatcher. However, job losses were far greater under the Thatcher government. 43 per cent of mining jobs were lost in the 1960s under Wilson while 80 per cent were lost under Thatcher. Also, as the trend rate of economic growth was lower under Thatcher than Wilson (just 2.8 per cent compared to 3.4 per cent) and unemployment was considerably higher throughout the 1980s than the 1960s, redundant miners had fewer alternative job options. See more »

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When they dial the number for the town in Wales having used the phone book they dial 01.....In the early-'80s all area codes would have not have had a 1 as the second number, they were 0823 not 01823 etc. At that time, 01 was the long distance (STD - Subscriber Trunk Dialling) code for London. See more »

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Mark: [on the phone trying to find a band for the Pits & Perverts ball] It's a fund-raising concert, and we're lookin' for bands to... no! No! No, no, no, I am in no way suggesting that Sting, or indeed any other member of The Police, is a pervert.
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Featured in Projector: Pride (2014) See more »

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Two Tribes
Written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, and Mark O'Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Published by Perfect Songs LTD
Courtesy of Union Square Music
Under Exclusive Licence From ZTT REcords LTD
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Life-enhancing
2 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

PRIDE commemorates the hitherto unremarked but nevertheless remarkable alliance between Welsh miners and London lesbians and gay men. It is an enjoyable, well-made, sometimes uplifting, movie set in a bleak period of British history. It is a political film, in the best sense: it's about people joining together to take control of their own destinies, a theme which has a long history in UK cinema, going back at least to the fantasy of PASSPORT TO PIMLICO (1949) to the based-on-fact MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010).

It is well-scripted, beautifully directed, skillfully and enjoyably acted. I have one niggle. Not so much with this film in particular, but rather with all those setting out to please a mass-audience whilst also trying to deal with serious issues. The times in which PRIDE is set were very dark, but I don't know that a mainstream movie can make it clear for those that weren't there just how dark they were. The film goes some way to showing it, but it can't really plumb the depths because - well, mainstream movies can't and still stay in the mainstream. It's a dilemma that affects many Hollywood comedies set in the Great Depression, even those, like MY MAN GODFREY (1936) for example, that were made at the time.

Still, PRIDE manages by and large to transcend such difficulties. It is a life-enhancing piece of cinema, which could and should reach a wide audience.


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