Andre (Kevin Phillips, foreground)
Pride is “an effective, feel-good sports drama.” Read on:
Pride is the latest “based on a true story,” inspirational sports drama to come to the big-screen. The Sunu Gonera-directed picture stars Oscar nominee Terrence Howard as Jim Ellis, an African-American coach who turned a cluster of troubled inner city teens into a winning swim team in 1970s Philadelphia.
Jim finds work helping to close down the PDR, a dilapidated inner city recreation center. The kids who hang out at the PDR mock him, and he isn’t exactly embraced by the center’s only regular employee — crusty old janitor Elston (Bernie Mac, in his first truly dramatic role). Upon finding and filling the center’s swimming pool, Jim manages to convince the teens to escape the blistering heat of summer on the basketball court for the cool of the pool. The kids learn soon thereafter that Jim was once an accomplished swimmer; before you can say Remember the Titans, he has formed them into a motley, but competitive team.
Pride follows the novice team’s struggle to take their swim meets seriously, especially after they face the all-white team across town that will become their bitter rivals. (Tom Arnold plays their coach and Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Reeves, is the racist team bully.) Will Jim lead his kids to victory in the state championship? Or will prejudice and their own internal divisions tear them apart? These questions drive the narrative forward.
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