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Made in Dagenham [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.4 out of 5 stars 242 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UESJFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,714 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the director of Calendar Girls comes this extraordinary story based on true events. Dagenham, England, 1968. At the town's local Ford automobile plant, Rita O'Grady is one of only 187 women in a workforce of 55,000 men. Facing overwhelming opposition in this man's world, Rita rallies her female co-workers to fight for equal pay - a stand that defies the corporate status quo, threatens her marriage, and ultimately exacts a tragic toll. But with the support of the shop's steward and the government's Employment Secretary, the women become the sensation of the nation - and the catalyst for a profound turning point in time.

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There has been a tendency these last few years by historical revisionists to downplay working class collectivism in British history. Although this is a generalisation, the current agenda seems to be: Trade unions = bad, Downton Abbey style toffs = good. Trade Unions and collectivism have played a far greater role in creating modern society and standards of living than is given credit. Does anyone honestly think that universal suffrage, equal pay, safe working conditions, decent living standards etc were granted by beneficent bosses or lords of the manor! They had to be bitterly fought for over decades, with the attendant sacrifices people choose to make when the cause is just. This is why this film is important and worth watching. Athough not strictly historically accurate, it strives to give a flavour of the time and place. It shows the grottiness of many industrial workplaces back then caused by decades of neglect and the dawning realisation by a downtrodden but stoic workforce that things really could be better if they choose to fight for them rather than accept their lot In life. It shows the unfairness and bigotry that existed, both within companies and trade unions .It does this in a positive, light hearted way with charming performances from the actors and an eye for late `60s fashions and period detail. This is not just a feel-good film, these women won their battle (eventually). They did change society for the better (aided and abetted by Barbara Castle and a Labour government dedicated to social reform) and were inspirations to countless women in the decades to come. Forget the Spice Girls, this was real girl power!
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I really didn't have any interest in watching this film to be honest, but my boyfriend got it for his Mum for mothers day and I watched it with her and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It doesn't really have much of an intro, you're sort of thrust straight in and it took a little while to gauge the characters and find out what was going on, however, once it developed it was an easy watch, and the characters had good depth. I found myself rooting for the women and hoping it all went their way!! It wasn't too predictable, but saying that I'm only 20 so I wasn't around when this was going on so I'm not sure if that's relevant!

I also really liked the fact they used (I assume!!) original film clips from the time, incorporated throughout the film brilliantly.

To conclude it was a 'nice' easy film to watch which was funny throughout. I would definitely recommend it.

It's a shame it wasn't out long at the cinema!!!
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What a shame this film did not enjoy more success at the box-office. Beautifully observed period drama ( yes, this genre can stretch outside bodices and bodkins )with wit, satire, social commentary, great acting and a nicely-turned plot. It's also fascinating that such an important story has never been filmed before, neither as 'fiction' like this nor as documentary. It was outrageous that the use of the 'f' word in totally natural situations in the end got this film a 15 certificate, as that no doubt damaged the cinema takings. I agree with the producers that the swearing in the King's Speech was less natural, but that film got a '12'.However, now's you chance to let your tween daughters see an inspirational story of women standing up for themselves.
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Made In Dagenham is a heart-warming story of courageous women, who will not be put down by male preconceptions of what women should accept as pay for good work. The characters are more believable than in the TV series 'The Rag Trade'in which Miriam Kalin was the very memorable shop steward.
I am not surprised that it was not a hit in the USA. I'd guess it would frighten the wits out of anti-union middle America.
It is an enjoyable, if not great, film.
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I watched this in a crowded cinema with an audience that enjoyed it very much indeed - there was some applause at the end. It is a very entertaining film - very funny in places, telling a good story, and moving too. All of the cast are first-rate - particularly Sally Hawkins as Rita, the effective strike leader, Bob Hoskins as the sympathetic (and actually extremely cute) union rep. Albert (other, more senior, union leaders are portrayed very unsympathetically almost as cogs in a union-management conspiracy), Geraldine James as Rita's older friend Connie, shop-floor shop steward but much weighed down by the needs of her ill husband and Miranda Richardson as Barbara Castle - her portrayal is something of a tour de force. It tells a story of great courage, as the 187 female machinists at the Dagenham plant battle against union and management intransigence, the doubts and hostility of their menfolk, many of whom are laid off as a result of their action and the intervention of Ford bosses from the States, who try to bully the women into capitulation. In the end, as is well known, they win, more or less, gaining a very substantial pay rise (though not equal pay) and the promise from the government of legislation, which did come into effect about two years later.

The period is visually recreated very effectively (I can remember the time and the events well). There is, perhaps, a little air-brushing, just as often happens in films which are clearly using treasured modern examples of what have become classic cars, for instance (Cortinas, Corsairs and Anglias among them, in this case). The drama is well paced. Throughout, the actors easily gain our sympathy, and that is a major element in the success of the film.

But it's not perfect.
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