Pride (2007)



Critic Consensus: Pride features a typically stellar performance from Terrence Howard, but ultimately falls victim to its over usage of sports movie clichés.

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The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis, a college-educated African-American, can't find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim converts an abandoned recreational pool hall in a Philadelphia slum with the help of Elston, a local janitor. But when city officials mark the new Philadelphia Department of Recreation for demolition, Jim fights back--by starting the city's first African-American swim team. Recruiting troubled teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers--all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as racism, violence and an unsympathetic city official threaten to tear the team apart, Jim must do everything he can to convince his swimmers that victory, both in and out of the pool, is within their reach.
PG (for thematic material, language including some racial epithets, and violence)
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Terrence Howard
as Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac
as Elston
Kimberly Elise
as Sue Davis
Brandon Fobbs
as Puddin Head
Tom Arnold
as Bink
Regine Nehy
as Willie
Nate Parker
as Hakim
Evan Ross
as Reggie
Gary Sturgis
as Franklin
Jesse Moore
as Artrell
Carol Sutton
as Ophelia
Tony Bentley
as Race Official (UOFB)
Vance Strickland
as Race Official (Mainline)
Louis Herthum
as Coach Logan
Wayne Ferrara
as Race Official (PDR)
Anthony Bean
as Ron Lincoln
Harold Evans
as Reverend
Ernest Anthony
as Bob the Barber
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Critic Reviews for Pride

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (38)

The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.

April 5, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable.

March 26, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Not so much formulaic as elemental, this campy, would-be-inspirational jock weepy scrapes the barrel for life-lesson-imparting sports to exploit.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Pride is a fairly predictable entry in the highly predictable inspirational sports drama genre. But the movie is saved by the earnest, believable performance of Terrence Howard and by Bernie Mac in a more serious role than usual.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

It really has nothing to be proud of but a central performance much better than the movie itself deserves. It's time for Terrence Howard to appear in a movie that rises to his level.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Toronto Star
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Terrence Howard's unforced charisma did a lot for Crash and Hustle & Flow, and he's the chief reason Pride is worth catching.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Pride


I really like Terrence Howard, and this movie was pretty good. Despite being super-sweet (to the point of saccharine), and being emotionally heavy-handed, I still had tears well in my eyes from time to time. While not overtly racist, this film was subtly racist. In the entire film there was only one positive white character, and he was only shown briefly at the beginning. Many of the white characters were blatantly, and ridiculously evil. BUT..I understood the meaning of the movie, and I did enjoy it.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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I really liked this film alot. It's simple, very formulaic, but it is also very touching. Terrence Howard gives a very good performance. I'd recommend this film to anyone.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Swim films make good pick me up films with a very sporting motif underlying the movie pitch. Slightly let down in the fact that it was about this, haha, but still 4 stars for being good.

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

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