Pride | Chicago Reader

Pride

Schmaltzy and formulaic, but also lively and sincere, this British docudrama revisits a 1984 episode in which gay and lesbian activists in London declared solidarity with, and raised money and support for, striking miners in a small Welsh town. The film is respectful of the strike but focuses chiefly on how the straight townspeople overcome their homophobia, their evolution signaling a growing acceptance of gay people in the British mainstream. This feels like a musical in its unrelenting sunniness and broad performances (dancing also figures in the plot); I had a hard time resisting its charm. Matthew Warchus directed; with Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Andrew Scott.

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Director:

  • Matthew Warchus

Cast:

  • Bill Nighy
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Dominic West
  • Paddy Considine
  • George MacKay
  • Joseph Gilgun
  • Andrew Scott
  • Ben Schnetzer
  • Chris Overton
  • Faye Marsay
  • Freddie Fox
  • Jessica Gunning
  • Joshua Hill
  • Lisa Palfrey
  • Liz White
  • Monica Dolan
  • Menna Trussler

Producers:

  • David Livingstone
  • Cameron McCracken
  • Christine Langan
  • James Clayton

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