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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Product Dimensions : 342.9 x 33.02 x 482.6 cm; 85 Grams
- Item Model Number : 62763SDO
- Director : Matthew Warchus
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Release date : 4 March 2015
- Actors : Ben Schnetzer, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : eOne
- Producers : David Livingstone
- ASIN : B075K5NZ37
- Writers : Stephen Beresford
- Number of discs : 1
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Based on the inspirational true story. Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
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Usually it means a sappy, sentimental tale with inspiring music and lots of emotional manipulation. But in the case of "Pride," you get a hilarious, oddball story about two very different groups of people coming together and forming an unshakeable bond -- specifically, striking coal miners and 1980s gay activists. It's a warm, pleasant look at a difficult time, dealing with heavy topics like work strikes, AIDS and government oppression without becoming preachy.
In 1984, British miners were on strike, much to the displeasure of the Thatcher administration. So gay activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) had a brainstorm: since both miners and gays were being oppressed by the government, why not support each other in their fights? So with a band of friends, he formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (yeah, bisexuals and transexuals might as well not exist in this movie... kind of like the real-life movement), and began taking donations for the miners' fight during their parades.
Then they contact the miners of the small Welsh town of Onllwyn, who are taken aback by the seemingly random support from a gay/lesbian alliance. After some initial awkwardness, the two groups start getting along -- the gay people help the stolid mining folk loosen up and open their minds, and the mining folk give the gay people the acceptance and familial bonds that they may have been missing. But a few miners aren't willing to accept the gays and lesbians, even if it means wrecking their own political movement's chances at success.
A lot of people talk about how it is easy to accept people who are very different from you, but "Pride" demonstrates that sometimes it takes a little unselfish goodwill to actually get the ball rolling. And while GLSM seemed like a little thing at the time, the movie's end reveals that that acceptance and goodwill ("Where are my lesbians?" an old lady cries out as the miners arrive at a gay pride parade) can indeed do important, sometimes world-changing things. They're just not always the things you expect.
Make no mistakes -- "Pride" still deals with serious issues, including LGBT youth rejected by their families, AIDS, political strikes, the pressures of a small community, and a violent attack on one of the GLSM members by some random thug in the street. It gives a bittersweet note to the story, especially when we learn that the flirtatious, carefree Jonathan was the second man ever diagnosed with AIDS, and even when his lover Gethin is in the hospital, all Gethin cares about is making sure that Jonathan is taking care of himself.
But ultimately, these problems are not what the movie is about. What it's about is love, and people forming unbreakable bonds regardless of how different they may be. No message here except "love other people, and show them the kindness they deserve as fellow human beings." Do unto others and all that. And what makes it truly heartwarming is that these people were (for the most part) real individuals, and their lives were all changed by what happened. Sometimes it was a whole change in worldview, and sometimes it was just providing a shoulder to cry on or some sage life advice.
And there are some truly lovely moments, such as when the Welsh women stand up and sing "Bread and Roses," and everything falls silent until they have finished. However, it's also raucously, delightfully funny -- lots of dancing, amiable parties, humorous conversations ("Which one of you does the housework?") and the sight of wacky Welsh ladies rooting around in a gay guy's bedroom (turning up sex toys and porn).
All the actors here are doing good jobs, with characters ranging from the awkward, semi-closeted college student by George MacKay (who serves as a sort of audience surrogate) to Imelda Staunton's peppery, clever Hefina and Bill Nighy's stammering, secretive Cliff. Of special note is Schnetzer as Mark Ashton -- he gives this real, sadly-departed activist a charming, passionate, jaunty charisma that sucks in every person to schemes and ideas that seem kind of weird at first. And Andrew Scott gives a smaller, subtler performance as a young man who struggles to reconnect with his religious mother.
Despite being about two major political situations -- which are still very relevant today -- "Pride" is really all about the heart and the connection between people. A savvy, snarky little movie with a heart of gold.
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I imagine it is aimed at an LGBT audience, since that is where the film starts, and the title evokes the Pride marches. However it manages to evoke the Welsh village [Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton] too without too many stereo-types.
I was disappointed that the main activist in the film [played by Ben Schnetzer] was so thinly drawn. His back story was barely touched on yet teh focus of the film was all his.
I enjoyed this film. The fiction and the fact were well mixed. For anyone who did not live through the time, teh film managed to evoke a lost Britain with a touch of glitz which the actual Britain of the time lacked. As a nation we have never recovered from Mrs Thatcher's meddling.
There is some convincing charater acting and a script that succeeds in the main in telling an optimistic tale.
Not sure what happened to the gay world as I knew it then. Everyone here is full of confidence and the shadow of AIDS scarcely touches us till after the happy ending. I suspect this was cut from the film. But watch, learn, enjoy - and if you want to know what it was really like, then there are plenty of us around to tell you. Just be wary of the rose tinted specs!
I married into a staunch labour mining family and moved to a major pit area. This film brought back so many memories ... the countryside where even the grass is tinged with a shade of black, the supportive communities where the highs and lows of life are met in 'solidarity', and the unique culture that was decimated by the closing of the pits. The scene of police minibuses queuing to get off the motorway was one I saw everyday driving to work.
Watch out for glimpses of the deformed arthritic hands caused by hard labour wielding a pickaxe day in and out to break it off the seam face. Many miners had tattoo like patches on their body where bits of sharp coal had cut them and the dust had healed inside. Wives worked hard especially in the days before pithead baths and uniforms, and supporting each other in times of hardship and loss. Back breaking and heart breaking essential work; and traitorous that it was not appreciated as such.
But I didn't know about the support given to the miners by the Gay community. This film sensitively shows the oppressions of the times to groups who find themselves on the 'other side' of the social & political thinking of the period, and how acceptance and respect can unite people who have (at the same time) so little and so much in common. The questions the miners ask their gay visitors about their lifestyle, though at first seeming 'light-hearted' scenes, on reflection are very telling about genuine interest without prejudice. I wish I had known and appreciated this part of my 'heritage' at the time. The film also shows how strong and caring Gay people are, as individuals and as a group, to themselves and others; and the wisdom having to 'survive' and be true to themselves has given them.
A great cast, fantastic film shots, and stories that show the life of the times from differing angles make this an enjoyable but thought provoking film. It is one I will no doubt watch again and again and still recall a 'forgotten' memory; or notice something new about myself, other people, or the film and it's characters. For example, how liberating being caring and positive is, compared with the 'down-grinding strangulation' that is prejudice and negativity.
It's a great drama, well produced and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I found the updates about some of the main players at the end of the film both poignant and inspirational. Out of little oaks...it's a film I'll watch again.