Made in Dagenham

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date: November 26, 2010 (limited)
DVD: March 29, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.59
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Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Jaime Winstone, Richard Schiff


MADE IN DAGENHAM stars the award-winning Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady, who was the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists, which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions for long arduous hours which they must balance with their domestic lives, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lose their patience when they are reclassified as "unskilled." With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. The leader of the women's struggle is fast-talking, no-nonsense Rita, whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability proves to be a match for any of her male opponents, and is echoed by Barbara Castle's struggle in the male-dominated House of Commons.

Director: Nigel Cole
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen
Screenplay: Billy Ivory
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  • 3 stars "very entertaining movie"
  • 3 stars "a clever dramedy!! entertaining look at an important moment in history."
  • 3 stars "a heart warming little comedy. Loved Hawkins, she is good in everything."