Made in Dagenham

Rated 3.0

Sally Hawkins leads a fun cast in the true story of the Ford Dagenham car plant in Great Britain and the 1968 strike by its female workers that led to sweeping changes around the world. Hawkins plays Rita O’Grady, one of many women working in the plant’s upholstery unit, stitching stuff together all day. When the staff becomes more and more disgusted with their wages, and the word “strike” gets bandied about, she’s picked as their representative to the executives—which means trouble for the executives. The women want equal pay as the men, an alien concept in the late ’60s. Hawkins is one of the more likeable actresses working today, and the supporting cast (Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson) is full of strong performers. Daniel Mays is especially good as Rita’s confused husband.