Director: Sunu Gonera Cast: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise
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A college-educated African-American schoolteacher frustrated by his inability to find a job repairs an abandoned recreational pool hall in hopes of starting Philadelphia's first African-American swim team in this inspirational drama that takes its cue from the true-life story of charismatic 1970s-era schoolteacher Jim Ellis. The year is 1973 and the job market is tight. Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) may have a college diploma, but despite his education he still can't seem to find a job. An aspiring teacher with a lifelong love of competitive swimming, Ellis determines to take his future into his own hands when he discovers a deserted recreational pool hall in the slums of the city. Though he and kindly local janitor Elston (Bernie Mac) do their best to get the crumbling pool hall in working order, the pair find their benevolent efforts thwarted when the building is targeted for demolition. Little do the forces that be know that Jim isn't a man to quietly lie down and admit defeat; despite the racism, violence, and threats made by an unsympathetic city official that all threaten to destroy his vivid new dream, the man who was once without purpose boldly resolves to recruit troubled street teens and transform them into capable swimmers in time for the upcoming state championships.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
UPC: 0031398215400
Original Release: 2007
Rating: PG
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 30,080

Special Features

Director commentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Music montages; 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 dolby digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terrence Howard Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac Elston
Kimberly Elise Sue Davis
Tom Arnold Bink
Brandon Fobbs Puddin' Head
Alphonso McAuley Walt
Regine Nehy Willie
Nate Parker Hakim
Kevin L. Phillips Andre
Scott Reeves Jake
Evan Ross Reggie
Gary Sturgis Franklin

Technical Credits
Sunu Gonera Director
Kimberly C. Anderson Executive Producer
Anya Colloff Casting
Max D. Day Asst. Director
Jay Faires Musical Direction/Supervision
Brett Forbes Producer
Billy Fox Editor
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Victoria Frederick Executive Producer
J. Mills Goodloe Screenwriter
Mike Gozzard Original Story,Screenwriter
Paul Hall Producer
Terrence Howard Executive Producer
Eberhard Kayser Executive Producer
Monroe Kelly Art Director
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Sam Nazarian Executive Producer
Michael Ohoven Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Malcolm Petal Executive Producer
Patrick Rizzotti Producer
Adam Rosenfelt Producer
John Sacchi Executive Producer
Steve Saklad Production Designer
Marc Schaberg Co-producer
Paul A. Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Michael Smith Original Story,Screenwriter
Norman Vance Screenwriter
Randy Winograd Co-producer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pride
1. Team Meet [5:05]
2. Communicating Properly [4:56]
3. The Rec Center [2:57]
4. Packing Up Problems [4:13]
5. Lowest Denominator [3:50]
6. Getting His Feet Wet [2:58]
7. Opening Doors [3:20]
8. Swim Off [4:28]
9. Learning the Ropes [3:28]
10. Official Business [4:12]
11. Family Representation [2:55]
12. Future's Looking Bright [4:06]
13. Meeting Complications [4:31]
14. Earning Respect [5:17]
15. Proving Something [3:30]
16. Building Strength [5:20]
17. Piece of Cake [4:07]
18. Finding Support [1:23]
19. Home Turf [2:04]
20. Fighting Chance [5:23]
21. Making a Difference [4:35]
22. PDR Dreams [3:35]
23. Something to Prove [3:05]
24. Champion Hearts [4:55]

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Pride 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookworm2440 More than 1 year ago
This movie was truly shows the effect that racsim can bring upon people. This movie has an incredible plot and storyline. It shows you must stick together. I think Bernie Mac and Terrence Howard give some of their best performances in this movie...I would give this movie five stars no matter what...
Guest More than 1 year ago
PRIDE does not open any new doors in the genre of film biopics of teachers who raise the status of downtrodden students to the point of genuine appreciation of self worth. The story has been told countless times with different characters, both male and female, different races (African American, Hispanic, Caucasian, etc), and different areas of the United States. But despite the recurring similarity of heart-on-the-sleeve stories such as this, PRIDE stands solidly on its own merits, in part due to the well developed and written screenplay by Kevin Michael Smith, Michael Gozzard, J. Mills Goodloe, and Norman Vance Jr. based on the life and contributions to society of Jim Ellis, in part due to the sensitive direction of Sunu Gonera, and in part due to the fine cast. The idea behind the story may not be new, but PRIDE is a fine example of the genre. Opening in the 1960s we meet Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) as a superior swimmer unable to use his gifts because of his race. Jump 10 years forward and Ellis has finished college as a math major and seeks to teach in Philadelphia, only to face racism again. Desperate for work he accepts a 'closing down' job at a condemned Philadelphia Recreation Center tended by downtrodden Elston (Bernie Mac) who resents Ellis' intrusion into his domain. Ellis restores the center's swimming pool and gradually initiates a swim team for troubled teens, young boys and a girl who are new to swimming and even newer to the thought that they can become someone important and rise out of their slum surroundings and influence of drug lords. With time Ellis teaches the team not only how to swim like champions, but also how to gain faith in themselves through PDR (Pride, Determination, Resilience), eventually winning a championship as a team of African Americans in a city still plagued by racism. The cast is excellent: Terrence Howard once again proves he can create a character of complete credibility, completely immersing himself in a role with all of the subtle facilities of fine acting Bernie Mac at last is given a serious role and rises to the level of Howard in skill Kimberly Elise and Tom Arnold provide fine cameo roles. But one of the treasures of this film is the cast of young actors who seem so natural that they deserve special plaudits: Brandon Fobbs, Alphonso McAuley, Regine Nehy, Nate Parker, Kevin Phillips, and Evan Ross. Clint Eastwood's son Scott Reeves plays a pivotal role as a racist swimmer. So despite the overexposure of stories such as this, PRIDE stands out as one of the best. It is a beautifully filmed and well-developed homage to a very worthy man and coach: PDR. Grady Harp