PRIDE, in place of that 2011 bio-pic, The Iron Lady.
Stephen Beresford (shown at right), director Matthew Warchus (below, left) and a simply splendid cast of British film and stage royalty plus a handful of fine newcomers, Pride is indeed, as the poster tells us, based on an inspirational true story. But thank god Beresford and Warchus conspired not to inundate us with the triumph of the human spirit, but rather give us incredibly spirited, funny, moving and
Ben Schnetzer, above right) to start raising funds for the beleaguered miners -- even though, as Ben readily admits, "these are the guys whose kids used to beat us up in school."
Jessica Gunning, as the Considine character's joyful wife; George MacKay (above, right) as the youngest gay, having the most trouble with that "closet" situation; Andrew Scott (below, extreme right in the middle row, and yes, the Moriarty of the Cumberbatch Sherlock series!), as the West character's lover. I am leaving out so many other absolutely wonderful performers because time and space won't permit, so I hope they will forgive me. There is not a ringer in the huge cast because the writer and director have seen to it that each character is given enough time, words and care to register strongly. This is a huge achievement.
CBS Films and running just under two hours -- opens this Friday, September 26, in New York City (at the AMC Lincoln Square, Regal Union Square, and BowTie Chelsea Cinemas), Los Angeles (The Landmark and the Arclight Hollywood) and in San Francisco at Landmark's Embarcadero. Don't worry: It'll hit your city soon, as well.