Great Britain
112 minutes

In 1968 England, fed up with being treated as second-class workers, the girl machinists at Ford Dagenham go on strike for equal pay.

Another in the long line of feel-good, triumph-of-the-underdog Britcoms that gave us forgettable crowdpleasers such as The Full Monty, Made in Dagenham romanticizes a real-life episode of the labor struggle in swinging sixties England, when 187 women machinists at Ford's suburban London plant went on strike in 1968 for equal pay and equal treatment and unexpectedly brought industrial England to its knees.
Breezily directed by Calendar Girls' Nigel Cole, it's a cheerful if formulaic (and pretty harmless) comedy, done with the effortless care that we have come to recognize from a British period production, with strong performances from a stellar cast (with Miranda Richardson as a particular standout). The only difference between it and The King's Speech, a movie that belongs to the same league of subject matter and production values, is the publicity machine behind it.
© 2011 Jorge Mourinha. all rights reserved by the author.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Jaime Winstone; and Richard Schiff.
Directed by Nigel Cole; produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley; written by William Ivory; music by David Arnold; director of photography (Deluxe, widescreen), John de Borman; production designer, Andrew McAlpine; costume designer, Louise Stjernsward; film editor, Michael Parker.
A BBC Films/UK Film Council presentation, in association with Hanway Films, BMS Finance and Lip Sync Productions, of a Stephen Woolley—Elizabeth Karlsen/Number 9 Films production, in association with Audley Films; in association with Compton Investments; in association with Whistledown Productions; a We Want $ Ltd/Number 9 Films production in association with Audley Films. (UK distributor, Paramount Pictures. World sales, Hanway Films.)
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Zon Lusomundo screening room (Lisbon), February 24th 2011. 


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