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The determined jim ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the philadelphia department of recreation.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 204555248
UPC 031398215431
UPC 14 00031398215431
Format DVD
Release Date 8/12/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Howard,Terrence
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Adam Rosenfelt - Producer
Bernie Mac - Actor
Billy Fox - Editor
Kevin Michael Smith, et. al. - Writer
Kimberly Elise - Actor
Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Monroe Kelly - Art Director
Steve Saklad - Production Designer
Sunu Gonera - Director
Terrence Howard - Executive Producer
Terrence Howard - Actor
Tom Arnold - Actor
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Pride is one of those generic inspirational sports movies that has been cobbled together from spare parts left to rust on Hollywood's shelf of cliches and stereotypes. Take a little '70s racism, add the guidance of a strong coach, throw in minor subplots about the players, and stir. Yet, despite the stale odor of the broth, lack of originality isn't Pride's stumbling point - it's that the familiar story is not well presented. The manipulation is clumsy and obvious and none of the characters attains a semblance of three-dimensionality. Even a solid performance by Terrence Howard can't keep Coach Jim Ellis from seeming like a shadow of the many more interesting men in whose footsteps he treads...This is the feature debut for director Sunu Gonera but, despite his obvious good intentions, it's not a positive way to start a career.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Review All the usual buttons get pushed, often repeatedly, in Pride, yet another fact-based, sports-themed inspirational story that's frequently rousing, despite its rather pedestrian execution and all too formulaic narrative. That first-time director Sunu Gonera seems more interested in recreating the look and sound of '70s-era inner-city Philadelphia than fully developing his characters undermines what could have been a compelling film with real emotional grit, instead of simply a conventional story of "underdogs" overcoming the odds...Still, there's Howard, a magnetic actor holding the screen with his piercing gaze and his honesty. Thanks largely to him and to the dynamic supporting cast headed by Mac and Elise, Pride pays fitting tribute to Ellis, who continues to inspire inner-city kids to strive for excellence, both in and out of the pool.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Howard,Terrence
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald A measured, magnificently understated and intense performance by [Howard]...
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer reassuringly uplifting as its predecessors, but the African-American and aquatic elements set it pleasantly apart.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Howard, playing an inspirational and resourceful man up against long odds, really is an inspiration.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a formula picture of genuine feeling.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer As exasperating as it is conventionally satisfying.
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