Brilliant! Educational and entertaining. Hard to imagine that it was not so very long ago… apparently, women are able to change the system!
I have never written a review of a movie before, but I felt compelled to do so with this movie, “Made in Dagenham”. The title caught my attention because Dagenham is a town in England which happens to be near my home town of Romford. They have a Ford factory there, and in 1968, when the movie takes place, they employed 55,000 men and 187 women. The women went on strike for equal pay, and this movie tells the story of their fight. It is a true story, and one we should all know about, just as we know about the suffragettes, yet I had never heard of these women before. It is well worth watching. One piece of advice, if you have trouble understanding the cockney accents (I don’t, but my husband does, plus he is hard-of-hearing) go to the Set Up and turn on the SDH subtitles. Not all DVDs have them, but this one does. It really helps.
I sumbled on this accidentally on television one afternoon. it was fun and interesting. Wonderful women, great acting. Also a relief to see male feminists during that time as well.
It’s the UK’s own version of Norma Rae as chronically underpaid female workers at a Ford motor plant in England defy both upper management and their own male-dominated union in order to go on strike for equal pay. Sending shockwaves from Detroit to the British Parliament these 187 women, led by unassuming machinist Rita O’Grady, changed the course of history and paved the way for full sexual equality in the workplace. Definitely one of those crowd-pleasing “feel good” movies filled with stereotypical characters (empowered housewives versus male chauvinist assholes), a few historical liberties and a grand old Hollywood ending. Yet, despite these obvious faults, it’s animated performances and sense of fun won me over just the same. I should be ashamed.
A good story, but the movie isn't great.
Fabulous piece of 60s history in Britain, no doubt partly fictionalized but very well made indeed: fine acting, directing, good script, nice faithful art direction that never calls attention to itself. Sally Hawkins is charming, stellar, again never showy but in the service of putting together a credible role. This is about feminism as it should be: about human rights, where all benefit. Stellar little flick that's moving without ever getting syrupy or cloying.
Worth the wait. A fairly realistic portrayal, with few simplifications, on what occurred during this time period. Acting was beautifully done.
Story is important. Seems authentic.
Vulgarity fits in with the characters being portrayed, it is not gratuitous.
One absurd scene is inserted it seems solely to get rating of R or whatever, it has no connection to the story.
I enjoy any movie starring Sally Hawkins.
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