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Release Date:
March 23, 2007
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Sunu Gonera
Mike Gozzard, K. Michael Smith
Starring: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold, Regine Nehy, Kevin Phillips
Genre: Drama, Sports
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic material, language including some racial epithets, and violence)
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Based on the true story of inner city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis. The story revolves around Ellis' fight to build a swim team in one of Philly's toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s. Ultimately, Ellis leads the swimmers to the state championships. More here
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Based on true events, Lionsgate’s PRIDE tells the story of Jim Ellis, a charismatic schoolteacher in the 1970s who changed lives forever by founding and coaching an African-American swim team in one of Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhoods.

Swim Coach
Jim Ellis’ story is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life.

A smart, motivated twenty-something African-American man, Jim Ellis had been to college and traveled around the world; but when he came to Philadelphia in the 1970s in search of a teaching job, he found only closed doors.

In their search to find the right actor to portray Ellis, the filmmaking team quickly formed a consensus in favor of Academy Award ®-nominee Terrence Howard, whose impressive, detailed performances in HUSTLE AND FLOW and CRASH have established him as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors.

5. THE CAST: Becoming a Team
The process of becoming part of a team is a powerful one for the young characters, filling them with a newfound sense of purpose that in turn transforms their lives.

During pre-production, Gonera focused on creating as authentic a setting as possible for the film. He visited the Marcus Foster Recreational Center in Philadelphia with Ellis and producer Paul Hall, and conferred with director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti on establishing the right cinematic mood and overcoming the technical hurdles of shooting in water.

PRIDE’s soundtrack is particularly appropriate to the era, as it features music by Philadelphia’s own legendary songwriting/producing duo, Gamble and Huff, the fathers of “Philly Soul.”

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Howard, Mac hold ‘Pride’ together
- March 20, 2007
Hollywood’s latest inspirational sports flick, the swimming drama “Pride,” has enough buoyancy to remain afloat, though without the vigor of Terrence Howard ...

Pride of a City?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly, PA
 - March 20, 2007
When Pride, the Lion's Gate film starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, opens in Philadelphia this Friday, it'll join the ranks of this city's...

Terrence Howard dives into morality of swimming movie 'Pride'
Los Angeles Daily News, CA
 - March 20, 2007
... from playing inspirational swim coach Jim Ellis are qualities that actor Terrence Howard gained from his role in the film "Pride," which opens Friday....

Pride: Terrence Brings Back Class; Bernie Cracks Us Up
E! Online
 - March 20, 2007
As is his latest film, Pride, a true story about a college swimmer who turns to coaching and inspires an entire city. At times, you feel like you've seen it...

Evan Ross on Pride
CanMag, CA
 - March 20, 2007
Evan Ross fills those speedos in Pride, a story of the first African-American competitive swimming team in the ‘70s. Growing up with mom Diana..

Review: Star Charm Keeps `Pride' Afloat
San Francisco Chronicle, CA
 - March 20, 2007
By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer. Hollywood's latest inspirational sports flick, the swimming drama "Pride," has enough buoyancy to remain afloat,...

Terrence Howard wanted afro as a kid
Online Rock Radio, Greece
 - March 20, 2007
Hustle & Flow star Terrence Howard's latest movie, Pride, puts him smack dab in the 1970s with its polyester clothes, muscle cars, and retro soundtrack...

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