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Pride [DVD]

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  • Actors: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold, Brandon Fobbs
  • Directors: Sunu Gonera
  • Producers: Brett Forbes, Paul Hall, Michael Ohoven, Patrick Rizzotti, Adam Rosenfelt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63YZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Seventies-set film about an inspiring swimming teacher. Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) was a superior swimmer in the 1960s unable to use his gifts because of the fact he's African American. Ten years later and he's in Philadelphia, unsuccessfully trying to find a job teaching maths. Desperate for work he accepts a 'closing down' job at a condemned Philadelphia Recreation Center tended by the downtrodden Elston (Bernie Mac) who resents the intrusion into his domain. Ellis restores the centre's swimming pool and gradually initiates a swim team for troubled teens who are new to swimming and even newer to the idea that they can rise above their surroundings. Ellis teaches the team to swim like champions and to have faith in their abilities. Will the young African Americans win the championship in a city still plagued by racism?

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2007
Format: DVD
Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) loves to swim. During the 60's, he joined his schools swim team, which created problems. Jim is African American, and the white competitors in North Carolina weren't happy to be competing against him.

10 years later, Jim has landed in Philadelphia. Despite his credential to teach math, the only job he can get is cleaning out the recreation center in the poor part of town. It's scheduled to be torn down soon. The only person inside the building is maintenance man Elston (Bernie Mac). The closest anyone else comes to it is playing basketball outside.

That changes one day when the basketball hoops are taken down in the march toward tearing down the center. As five of the guys stand there fuming about the loss of the hoops, Jim invites them in to use the pool.

Slowly, Jim gains their trust and begins to teach them the fundamentals of swimming. They gain enough skill to ask to go to a meet, hoping to meet women. But do five men and one woman really have the skills to compete against all male teams who have been training for years?

Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way first. This is an underdog sports movie featuring kids from a bad neighborhood. Picturing every cliche that normally brings to mind? Yep, they're here.

But, is this movie worth seeing? Absolutely.

As is always needed for a film like this to succeed, you need to become attached to the characters. Jim is a sympathetic character from the start, and the youth he's working with grow on you quickly as well. The result is a movie that truly does inspire.

To top is off, the acting is great. Terrence Howard is absolutely believable as Jim. His drive to reach the kids comes through in every scene.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Marshall on 27 Nov. 2009
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Great DVD......good story....inspiring....uplifting.......Terence Howard looks good....ok he is looking fit.....Gets to the point..not a slow film......Good family film ideal for all ages.....if you want to show young people that no matter what background you are from you can make it, this is the film to watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 11 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I know what you are going to say: "The same concept has been done over and over". And you are right, there are a lot of movies out there based on a group of teenagers facing difficult challenges and finding solace and a way to move forward in life in a sport or an art. The plot of the movie, except for a couple of unexpected turns, is pretty predictable too. But I still think that this is a film worth watching, because the story is presented with the needed level of emotion, and the acting is really good compared to other sport movies out there.

The film is based on the true story of Jim Ellis and his swim team, which he built from scratch after landing in the Philadelphia Department of Recreation as a cleanup worker. Previously, Ellis had been a victim of racial discrimination and had problems with the law as a result. Now, he has to face some of the same problems when he starts coaching a group of kids that are in danger of losing their way in life. With his love and commitment, Ellis finds a way to make these teenagers understand that working as a team and giving it their all is enough to reap the well-deserved benefits.

Terence Howard and Bernie Mac are both excellent in their respective roles, and the cast of kids does not disappoint. The technical aspects relating to the swimming are a little off, but that was expected. You can definitely tell that most of the actors on Ellis' team are not real swimmers, while the kids on the opposing teams are. This of course is possible because the acting needed from the opponents is fairly limited.

I was a competitive swimmer for several years, so I can understand how my interest for the sport may influence my evaluation of this movie, but I still think that most people will have a good time watching it. The only group to which I would not recommend this film is to those that are not interested in swimming and that are looking for a "new story", since they will not find that here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy shopper on 8 May 2009
Format: DVD
This is not just a good movie, it's a message for every one from all walks of life. Just because you fall doesn't mean you can't be the bridge that prevents those after you to live the same fate irrespective of the obstacles. Love the soundtrack, GOOD MUSIC.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Er on 3 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Terence Howard and the late Bernie Mac were really good in this 'Feel Good' movie about a man who just wanted to swim professionally but didn't get his chance due to the prejudices of society, back in the day. Thanks to his vision and patience he trained up a team of unlikely swimmers and ended up saving a community centre / swimming pool from being closed down by the local council. This resulted in his trainees becoming champions in their own right, which dispelled the very prejudices that had previously stood in their way.

A must watch family film (maybe if your child is 7+)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Worrell on 27 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
An inspirational story based on true events, about a black school-teacher changing the lives of a group of young black boys by coaching them to form an African-American swim team in an underpriveledged neighbourhood; this great wholesome, family film, with the benefit of a motivational message has everything - drama, romance, comedy and action. Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac live up to expectation with brilliant performances as they fully emerse themselves into their screen characters. This is definitely not just one to watch, but one to add to your collection!
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