“Pride” is a powerful film

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Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it.

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Dominic West (300) and Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz). (Dir. by Matthew Warchus, 2014, UK, 120 mins., Rated R)

Carolyn’s note: I saw this movie yesterday and it is an amazingly touching, true  story about how gays/lesbians in London in 1984 helped raise $ for striking coal miners in England and the U.K., and were befriended by a mining community in Wales (but not without adversity).   It is an unlikely alliance of cultural communities and it does show that love and acceptance can conquer hatred and prejudice. Lots of British humor and accents for lovers of foreign films as well. The beginning of the  AIDS/HIV epidemic is also addressed.

“Pride” opened on Oct. 24 and is staying another week, till Nov. 6th.  Playing 2:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the independent Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson.

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