Rent Made in Dagenham (2010)

3.8 of 5 from 591 ratings
1h 48min
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With a stellar British cast Made In Dogenham is the inspiring story of the women who made history! Sally Hawkins is Rita O'Grady, a feisty yet warm-hearted worker at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, who leads the revolution for equal pay for women. Set in the swinging sixties against a stunningly colourful backdrop of beehives and Biba dresses. Made In Dagenham follows the emotional journey of a group of friends including Jaime Winstone and Geraldine James from the factory floor to the House Of Commons. With the help of Union shop steward Bob Hoskins they prove nothing is impossible if you stand up for what you believe, in this heart-warming must-see story!
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Voiced By:
Danny Huston
William Ivory
Miranda Richardson, Louise Stjernsward, Yianni Georgiou
British Films, Drama
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Run Time:
108 minutes
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Commentary by director Nigel Cole
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Run Time:
113 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1

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Reviews (8) of Made in Dagenham

Interesting - Made in Dagenham review by JW

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Good characters and well acted, story explaining historical events. Worth watching in the style of the british working class film. If you like films like Brassed Off and The Full Monty you will like this.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A good all-rounder! - Made in Dagenham review by JL

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I loved this film. It had a great cast and told a fantastic story. It had a bit of everything thrown in - comedy, sadness and drama. Would thoroughly recommend!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Interesting and inspiring - Made in Dagenham review by LS

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Really enjoyed this movie, mix of comedy, drama and a bit of sadness, focusing on working class and historical changes. Good acting and performances

If you liked brassed off think you would like this

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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Made in Dagenham review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom; Made in Dagenham is the story of the small spark started by the underpaid female workers of the Dagenham Ford factory that eventually led to the feminist fire that was the Equal Pay Act.

Directed by Nigel Cole, who is best known for the 2003 British hit Calendar Girls, Made in Dagenham tells the story of Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins) who takes the cause of underpaid female factory machinists and brings it to the attention of the Unions, the Ford car company and the UK Government.

With Rita and the shop’s steward at the helm the women of the Ford factory go on strike after discovering that their poor working conditions are linked to a deep set ignorance and ambivalence toward women in the workplace. Rita discovers that she and the women she works with are paid a fraction of the wage of their male counterparts, solely because of their sex.

The film is undeniably interesting, the setting is excellent and the characters are very likeable. It has a real feel-good factor to it, with a light hearted and occasionally comedic tone. This makes the film very watchable and is pretty encouraging as it should help younger viewers to realise how recently such injustices were being predicated. However, it also makes the subject seem a little less serious; perhaps almost sullying the story the film sets out to tell.

Hawkins is brilliant and the rest of the girls at the factory are real characters, it is them and their personalities that help drive the film forward, rather than the arguably intense theme. There is not a great deal of time dedicated to the impact of the strikes upon the lives of the workers, small mentions to the financial strain pepper the latter half of the movie but otherwise the film dwells more in the positive and uplifting strong-undervalued-women section.

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