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Made in Dagenham
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Made in Dagenham

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Director: Nigel Cole

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson


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As produced by heavyweight Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game) and headlined by Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), this period docudrama brings to life a


As produced by heavyweight Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game) and headlined by Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), this period docudrama brings to life a pivotal event from British history. In 1968, women's rights took a broad leap forward when workers at the Ford Dagenham automobile plant -- buckling beneath deplorable working conditions rightly perceived as gender discrimination -- suddenly stormed out into the streets and began to strike in protest of the unfair treatment levied at them. Little could they have foreseen the ramifications that this courageous and noble act would engender in successive years. Christopher Smith directs.

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With all the heart of Norma Rae minus the grittiness of North Country, Made in Dagenham is the tale of unlikely labor leader Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins), a wife and mother who works at the Ford factory in the town of Dagenham, who, once she discovers that the women in this factory are being exploited, makes it her mission to fight for equal pay for equal work. The film is based on the true account of the British women machinists strike in 1968, and director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) incorporates archival footage and retro set pieces to set the tone for this tale of female empowerment. He takes a light approach to introducing the players before delving deeply into dramatic territory, and though the film starts off slowly it hits its stride once it gets away from its light and airy machinations and starts offering more dramatic moments where Hawkins gets to flex her acting muscles. The story centers on Rita O'Grady, a quiet, unassuming working-class heroine, wife, and mother who works at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England, where she stitches together car-seat upholstery along with 187 other women. Ford, who classifies these women as unskilled laborers, proposes a pay cut, but sympathetic union rep Albert (Bob Hoskins) encourages Rita to join the union negotiations. The ladies want to be classified as semi-skilled workers -- no more unpaid overtime or they'll call off work -- so when management calls their bluff, Rita transforms herself into a hardened labor leader and launches an all-out strike that causes the Ford plant to shut down and brings management to their knees. However, when resident villain and union-buster Robert Tooley (Richard Schiff) plays his trump card and threatens to take Ford's business elsewhere, Rita and the ladies must band together and push for equality. Screenwriter William Ivory lets the story play out just as you would expect, but without the twists, turns, and little surprises that would have made the film less paint-by-numbers. Still, Dagenham is truly heartfelt and inspiring regardless of the supposed feminist placebo effect, but what makes the movie the most engaging is Hawkins' performance. She shines as the witty and intelligent activist Rita O'Grady, and even when things get rough for Rita -- her marriage in trouble, the men's union working against her, top-level executives targeting her from overseas -- Hawkins pushes through with thoughtful emotion and skilled effectiveness. You truly follow her on a journey that transforms her from passive housewife to silver-tongued leader. The meatiest part of the film is nearly halfway through, but these moments are what make the film powerful, and though the subject matter seems outdated and gender-specific, Cole does a good job of revisiting an issue that still resonates with people today. Don't be surprised if you see these women picketing their way to the Oscars. Hawkins' performance alone is enough to draw the Academy's attention, and despite a few bumps along the way, Made in Dagenham is a soulful retro romp for everyone's inner activist.

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Sony Pictures
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[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Outtakes; Deleted Scenes; Commentary with Director Nigel Cole; The Making of Made In Dagenham

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Hawkins Rita O'Grady
Bob Hoskins Albert
Miranda Richardson Barbara Castle
Geraldine James Connie
Rosamund Pike Lisa
Andrea Riseborough Brenda
Jaime Winstone Sandra
Daniel Mays Eddie O'Grady
Richard Schiff Robert Tooley
Lorraine Stanley Monica
Nicola Duffett Eileen
Matt Aubrey Brian
Roger Lloyd-Pack George
Phil Cornwell Dave
Karen Seacombe Marge
Thomas Arnold Martin
Sian Scott Sharon O'Grady
Robbie Kay Graham O'Grady
Andrew Lincoln Mr. Clarke
Joseph Mawle Gordon
Kenneth Cranham Monty Taylor
Gina Bramhill Hopkins' Secretary
Marcus Hutton Grant
Rupert Graves Peter Hopkins
Joseph Kloska Undersecretary 1
Miles Jupp Undersecretary 2
Frank Baker Frank
Philip Perry Arthur Horovitz
Peter-Hugo Daly Bartholomew
Simon Armstrong Rogers
Matilda Cole Emily
Romy Taylor Rosie
Angus Barnett Passing Van Driver
Birgitta Bernhard Choir Mistress
Laurie Cannon Reporter 1
William Ivory Reporter 2
Nico Tatarowicz Reporter 3
Denis Gilmore Man on Bike
Danny Huston Voice of American Boss
Mitchell Mullen Kronnfeld
John Sessions Harold Wilson
Matt King Trevor Innes
Noah Taylor Lisa Hopkins' Son
Victoria Watkins Union Secretary
Craig Randall Vicar
David Bond Union Chairman
Simon Nehan Welsh Union Man

Technical Credits
Nigel Cole Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Lucy Bevan Casting
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
Lizzie Yianni Georgiou Makeup
Tim Haslam Executive Producer
William Ivory Screenwriter
Elizabeth Karlsen Producer
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Norman Merry Executive Producer
Michael Parker Editor
Louise Stjernsward Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul White Executive Producer
Stephen Woolley Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Made in Dagenham
1. Scene 1 [6:34]
2. Scene 2 [6:41]
3. Scene 3 [6:17]
4. Scene 4 [6:15]
5. Scene 5 [1:36]
6. Scene 6 [8:16]
7. Scene 7 [6:25]
8. Scene 8 [7:05]
9. Scene 9 [7:28]
10. Scene 10 [6:03]
11. Scene 11 [6:56]
12. Scene 12 [2:05]
13. Scene 13 [4:02]
14. Scene 14 [8:20]
15. Scene 15 [5:43]
16. Scene 16 [9:18]


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