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Pride (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Terrence Howard , Bernie Mac , Sunu Gonera  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold, Brandon Fobbs
  • Directors: Sunu Gonera
  • Writers: J. Mills Goodloe, Kevin Michael Smith, Michael Gozzard, Norman Vance Jr.
  • Producers: Adam Rosenfelt, Bonnie Forbes, Brett Forbes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZNYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pride (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Based on true events, PRIDE is the inspiring story of Jim Ellis, a charismatic schoolteacher in the 1970s who changed lives forever when he founded an African-American swim team in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Pride through Swimming June 26, 2007
Format:DVD
Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) loves to swim. During the 60's, he joined his schools swim team, which created problems. Jim is African American, and the white competitors in North Carolina weren't happy to be competing against him.

10 years later, Jim has landed in Philadelphia. Despite his credential to teach math, the only job he can get is cleaning out the recreation center in the poor part of town. It's scheduled to be torn down soon. The only person inside the building is maintenance man Elston (Bernie Mac). The closest anyone else comes to it is playing basketball outside.

That changes one day when the basketball hoops are taken down in the march toward tearing down the center. As five of the guys stand there fuming about the loss of the hoops, Jim invites them in to use the pool.

Slowly, Jim gains their trust and begins to teach them the fundamentals of swimming. They gain enough skill to ask to go to a meet, hoping to meet women. But do five men and one woman really have the skills to compete against all male teams who have been training for years?

Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way first. This is an underdog sports movie featuring kids from a bad neighborhood. Picturing every cliche that normally brings to mind? Yep, they're here.

But, is this movie worth seeing? Absolutely.

As is always needed for a film like this to succeed, you need to become attached to the characters. Jim is a sympathetic character from the start, and the youth he's working with grow on you quickly as well. The result is a movie that truly does inspire.

To top is off, the acting is great. Terrence Howard is absolutely believable as Jim. His drive to reach the kids comes through in every scene.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Movie April 8, 2007
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My mother was so stubborn about me seeing this movie. From the looks of it, all I saw was another sports movie where the coach teaches some young, troubled kids how to find something productive to do with their time. But when I sat down to watch it, I understood why she wanted me to see this movie so much. What an excellent movie! Not only did it deal with sports and troubled kids, it dealt with male guidance, race issues, segregation, and the strength of young men trying to fight against seeking into dangerous backgrounds to be productive parts of society. Every single person in this movie deserved the part that he or she played. Terrence Howard was outstanding as usual. Bernie Mac was about as charismatic as always. I loved all of the young swimmers' parts, especially the stubborn and quickest one and Diana Ross' son too. The dialogue, the pace, and the plot kept me interested throughout the entire movie. I talked to the screen on more than a few occasions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pride, Determination, Resilience June 27, 2007
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular lesson in determination September 21, 2007
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I showed Pride to my high school students, a first viewing for most of us. Actors, directing, movie set--action, drama, healing--a heady combination in the portrayal based on a true story that caused chill bumps, laughter, and tears among us all. I highly recommend it to young adults--and older ones as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WORTH SEEING BUT, HAS BEEN DONE BETTER BEFORE! February 10, 2008
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This is a pretty good movie but, it has a "been there done that" feel to it. The actors do a good job with what they have to work with and the movie captures the time period without making it look too ridiulous. Swimming as a sport to watch, is like watching paint dry so, that doesn't help the film either. It's worth a look if you see it on cable, as the based on a true story film does inspire you...a little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pride (DVD)
Deeply moving!
Published 3 days ago by Chay B
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Flippers Up
I caught "Pride" on late night television recently about 10 minutes into the movie. What intrigued me at first is it is about a group of inner-city black youth in the mid... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Story
This story has always been an interest of mine, Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac were great together! I recommend all to see this one
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina McFadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Inner-city swim team
Story of an inner-city swim team that must over come poor facilities and racism to compete against better financed schools. Encouraging.
Published 2 months ago by ellison
4.0 out of 5 stars Gyah!
It's in excellent condition but if I could I'd send it back. My boyfriend won't stop watching it. Save me.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars PRIDE is a must have DVD!
The motion picture, "Pride," takes one from total discouragement of an instructor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to the socioeconomic structure, and lights a fire for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Walter D Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride dvd
Pride is a superb movie that tells the story of young men trying to find meaning in their lives. Not ;an unusual story, but a touching one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anna M. Seidler
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great message
The acting is a little shoddy, but you can tell they're trying to convey a message of work ethic and pride. The movie delivers that message quite well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TAMARA E. TYRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
I love movies that are based on true stories, especially when they are very well done. This movie is captivating, a real tear jerker for me. I loved it!
Published 4 months ago by Tamecca Heards
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance
This a inspirational movie and reminds the world of the cruelty and ignorance and that we should embrace and love each other rather than alienate and hate other race.
Published 4 months ago by george dominguez
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