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Pride (2014)

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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

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In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Based on the inspirational true story.


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Rated R for language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Büszkeség és bányászélet  »

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While there had been more than 1,000 coal mines in the UK during the first half of the 20th century, by 1984 there were only 173 still operating. See more »

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When Mark Ashton proposes the founding of LGSM, he holds up a newspaper with the front page showing an iconic photograph of a mounted policeman about to strike a woman. This was taken by John Harris at the so-called "Battle of Orgreave". Although subsequently famous, the photograph was still obscure in June 1984, when the scene is set. See more »

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Cliff: [the committee is discussing where the LGSM members will be staying] Cliff: I don't mind taking more, Hefina. Not the lesbians so much, because of their cuisine, but I'll take an extra gay.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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What Difference Does It Make
Written by Morrissey (as Stephen Patrick Morrissey) and Johnny Marr
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Life-enhancing
2 September 2014 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

PRIDE commemorates the hitherto unremarked but nevertheless remarkable alliance between Welsh miners and London lesbians and gay men. It is an enjoyable, well-made, sometimes uplifting, movie set in a bleak period of British history. It is a political film, in the best sense: it's about people joining together to take control of their own destinies, a theme which has a long history in UK cinema, going back at least to the fantasy of PASSPORT TO PIMLICO (1949) to the based-on-fact MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010).

It is well-scripted, beautifully directed, skillfully and enjoyably acted. I have one niggle. Not so much with this film in particular, but rather with all those setting out to please a mass-audience whilst also trying to deal with serious issues. The times in which PRIDE is set were very dark, but I don't know that a mainstream movie can make it clear for those that weren't there just how dark they were. The film goes some way to showing it, but it can't really plumb the depths because - well, mainstream movies can't and still stay in the mainstream. It's a dilemma that affects many Hollywood comedies set in the Great Depression, even those, like MY MAN GODFREY (1936) for example, that were made at the time.

Still, PRIDE manages by and large to transcend such difficulties. It is a life-enhancing piece of cinema, which could and should reach a wide audience.


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