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MADE IN DAGENHAM

 
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At Theaters: 11/19/2010 On Video: 3/29/2011
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 569904
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham portrays a decisive moment in that decade of upheaval, when the fight for equal rights and pay was led - unexpectedly - by ordinary working-class women with one foot in the kitchen, one foot on the factory floor, and ears glued to the pop coming over the radio and telly from far-off London (19 kilometers and a world away). It's a vintage "girl power" tale.
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Comedy Drama - This is a fact-based British drama based on a historic strike by female car factory workers. Women are the target audience, particularly older ones. Language and sexual situations make the film inappropriate for children.
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Sally Hawkins NEVER LET ME GO, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Bob Hoskins DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, DOOMSDAY
Miranda Richardson THE YOUNG VICTORIA, FRED CLAUS
Director: Nigel Cole A LOT LIKE LOVE, CALENDAR GIRLS, SAVING GRACE
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Making The Film
The History
Little Known
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PROFANITY: 17 F-words, 2 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic lines and situations, sometimes suggestive.
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RITA O'GRADY (Sally Hawkins) is a young married mother, one of 187 women who work for the Ford Motor Company, the region's principal employer. Unlike their male counterparts in the automaker's gleaming new main facility, the women toil in a decrepit old 1920s plant with a leaky roof, pigeons flying overhead, and stifling sweatshop conditions in summer. Despite their highly specialized work sewing car seat upholstery, the women are classified as "unskilled" labor and paid a fraction of the men's pay. After all, it's still a world where husbands - like Rita's man EDDIE (Danny Mays) - are the principal breadwinners, and women are the backbone of the home and family. Their work and wages are secondary.

Still, camaraderie and plucky spirits get the women through the workday. Among Rita's friends and colleagues are CONNIE (Geraldine James), the shop steward and respected matriarch of the group, who copes with an ailing husband; BRENDA (Andrea Riseborough), a vivacious twenty-something with a zest for letting loose and a beehive hairdo to match; and young SANDRA (Jamie Winstone) an aspiring model with Twiggy looks whose sights are set on London (she introduces Mary Quant hot pants to Dagenham).

At first, Rita's no firebrand; she primarily sees herself as a wife and mother. When sympathetic union representative ALBERT (Bob Hoskins) encourages the women to bring their grievances to Ford management, Rita is coaxed into attending a meeting along with Albert, shop steward Connie, and the patronizing head of the union local MONTY (Kenneth Cranham), who instructs Connie and Rita to nod, smile, and let him do the talking.

What Rita expects to be simply a day out of work (complete with free lunch) turns into much more; Ford's Head of Industrial Relations PETER HOPKINS (Rupert Graves) brusquely tries to fob off the women's demands with minor concessions. Outraged by the lack of respect in the meeting, Rita surprises the room and herself by speaking out sharply, saying the women refuse to be ignored, and will plan a job action if they are not re-assigned "skilled" and - here's the shocker - given pay parity with the male workers.

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