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Made in Dagenham [Blu-ray] (2010)

Sally Hawkins , Miranda Richardson , Nigel Cole  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike
  • Directors: Nigel Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Commentary with Director Nigel Cole
The Making of Made in Dagenham

Editorial Reviews

From the director of Calendar Girls comes this extraordinary story based on true events. Dagenham, England 1968. At the town’s local Ford automobile plant, Rita O’Grady (Golden Globe® winner Sally Hawkins) is one of only 187 women in a workforce of 55,000 men. Facing overwhelming opposition in this “man’s world,” Rita rallies her female co-workers to fight for equal pay — a stand that defies the corporate status quo, threatens her marriage, and ultimately exacts a tragic toll. But with the support of the shop’s steward (Golden Globe® winner Bob Hoskins) and the government’s Employment Secretary (two-time Golden Globe® winner Miranda Richardson), the women become the sensation of the nation — and the catalyst for a profound turning point in time.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A British NORMA RAE March 6, 2011
MADE IN DAGENHAM is sort of a British version of NORMA RAE.

The film, based on a true story, is set in the late 1960s. It tells of a group of English women, employed at the Ford Motor Factory, who took on management and their own union by going out on strike, insisting on equal pay for equal work.

The always charming Sally Hawkins, playing an ordinary working class wife and mother, becomes the unexpected leader of the revolt, encouraged by her sympathetic union representative (Bob Hoskins) and, surprisingly, the attractive wife (Rosamund Pike) of the plant's manager, a highly educated, intelligent woman who, as a female, feels the same lack of respect from the men in her life.

Like the Sally Field classic, MADE IN DAGENHAM is one of those "stand up and cheer" movies that climaxes when the striking women meet with Miranda Richardson, the British Secretary of State. The film has a superb screenplay by William Ivory and was directed by Nigel Cole. Also in the well-chosen cast are Geraldine James, Jamie Winstone, Rupert Graves, Nicola Duffett and Richard Schiff, who plays the tough American Ford representative, sent to the UK to put those striking women in their place.

My only complaint with this otherwise excellent entertainment is the fact that, because England and the United States do not share a common language, some of the dialogue is difficult to understand.

© Michael B. Druxman
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the Ladies! May 6, 2011
MADE IN DAGENHAM is a 'dramatized documentary' in that it is a recreation of a 1968 incident that occurred in Dagenham, a suburb of London. It was the time of Stonewall and the antiwar protests in America and so perhaps too few people appreciated the importance of this rebellion - a strike of equal rights, equal pay, and a statement against sexual discrimination at the Ford car factory. The employed women of the town were the ones responsible for creating the upholstery for the cars, but when one Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins) took on the inequalities she manage to become the spokeswoman for the female workers and the revolt was successful in settling a longterm problem.

The cast of this quiet little powerhouse of a movie includes the brilliance of Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Rupert Graves, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone and many others. The screenplay was written by William Ivory and the understated and subtle direction is by Nigel Cole. This is a brilliant little movie that packs a wallop. Grady Harp, May 11
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars important history, engagingly presented July 13, 2014
By pjf
I had no idea that equal pay for equal work began with 150 women in Dagenham and spread to Ford plants (and by default to other manufacturers) though the world. The speech that the lead character gives to the trade union conference begins so chatty and colloquially, but in a few words delivers a resounding impact to the mostly male audience. A brilliant film, wonderfully scripted, produced and acted. A shame it didn't get equal treatment in its distribution so that more people see it and understand the significance of the events. Buy this, or see it however you can, because it is worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, historical, earnest and heart-felt... September 18, 2011
"Made in Dagenham" received good buzz from critics and award committes alike, but I wasn't sure if I'd be watching another chick-flick. Rest assured, there's enough guy involvement to make this a generally pleasing true story about equal rights. The delightful Sally Hawkins is on hand to provide a strong and centered heroine, and the always reliable Miranda Richardson scores as hard-as-nails Barbara Castle.

There will be comparisons to "Norma Rae", but this film isn't as character driven; rather, the ensemble excels as a whole to provide insight as well as strong entertainment.

I enjoyed it more than expected; glad I saw it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just least we thought so! May 28, 2014
By Ruby D
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5/29/14 I guess we watched this film about 2 weeks ago...right after Bob Hoskins passed away. I don't think either of us were expecting to like it as much as we did. It really was wonderful. It is difficult to rate a film because it really is just a matter of personal taste. As much as we liked it someone else has probably given the film a lousy review...although I really can't understand why. The acting was great....and baring in mind that this film is based on a true story it really is quite inspiring as these ladies really had a tremendous challenge...there is nothing corny or sappy about the film. I watched it with my fiance and he enjoyed it as much as I did so I would say it definitely is not just a film for women. To us, if for no other reason, this is a great human interest story which all can enjoy and find inspiration in the determination of a small group of people who sought to change an old and long out dated system...they had their work cut out for them and had no way to know after going through allot of difficulty & dead ends what their outcome would be. I've tried to pick my words carefully so I don't spoil the film for those who have not watched it yet. We highly recommend this film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom January 17, 2012
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I loved this movie from the get-go. When I first saw the trailer, I told myself that this was going to be one of my all time favorites. Being raised by a single mother that worked in a Wrangler blue jeans factory during the day and washed UPS trucks by night, it made me realize that women are so very underrated and non-appreciated in the workplace. I was so very happy to see a movie about women fighting what is rightfully theirs. Equality on ever level in the workplace. This movie takes me back to my childhood and seeing Norma Rae for this first time. WELL DONE!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
This is an enjoyable movie. Anyone who enjoyed Calendar Girls will enjoy this. Watched in twice in less than a week!
Published 21 days ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by joseph g. tangel
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power !
Set during the period of ongoing labor strife in England in the late 1960's, "Made in Dagenham" covers the plight of the women who worked at the Ford plant at Dagenham,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jill Clardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
This is one of my most favorite films. The late Bob Hoskins is wonderful in it. I highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Phillip Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Historic Turning Point Vividly Portrayed
The first steps towards equal pay for women begins at Dahenham's Ford Motor Works. The background was accurate, the acting in depth and sincere with cameo incidents accurately... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. M. Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacing a DVD
I had a copy from the library, which my husband lost. It was a $40.00 replacement cost at the library. From you $15.00 I was very happy thank you.
Published 8 months ago by Nicky Chester
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie.
Not as good as I was hoping it would be. It's a good premise, but I thought the lead actress was a little weak. Could have been better in my opinion.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Made In Dagenham is a movie for every women
Very good movie It has funny parts in it but it becomes more serious as the movie goes a long. As a women it's very empowering! It's amazing what one women can do. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trina Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Dagenham
I enjoyed the movie as I grew up in Dagenham and could relate..The majority would think it's boring,as my hubby did.
Published 13 months ago by JB London UK now SC
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
Unbelievable that this happened so late in the century but it did. Made me want to really stand up and
make sure everyone gets reasonable wages!
Published 14 months ago by Carol B. Emerson
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