“What are you supposed to do when the ones with all the power are hurting those with none? Well for starters, you stand up. Stand up and tell the truth. You stand up for your friends. You stand up even when you’re all alone. You stand up. ” – Bill White
Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 June 2009 and 3 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Fictionalized account of how a female mine worker decided to fight back against the harassment that she endured at work for years due to the fact that she was a woman.
My Take on it – This film does a great job showing how important it is to stand up for what is right especially when there has been constant abuse over the period of many years.
Charlize Theron does a superb job in the lead role and was quite deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Lead Actress for her performance here.
The supporting cast is also great and is filled with lots of talented actors alongside her.
Frances McDormond, Sissy Spacek, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins all help us get a clear picture of the various sides of this argument.
McDormand also was nominated for an Oscar for her performance here as Supporting Actress.
It’s a bot of a shame that they felt the need to make this film a fictionalized account of the real events because I’m sure that they could have still made the real story compelling enough on its own to present it in a very poignant manner.
Bottom Line – Great depiction of how one must stand up for their rights in order to correct a wrong that has been committed for so many years. Theron is superb in the lead and was quite deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance here. The supporting cast is also great with McDormand, Spacek, Bean, Harrelson and Jenkins allowing us to get a clear picture of everything going on here. McDormand was also nominated for an Oscar for her performance for Actress in a Supporting Role. It’s a bit of a shame that they needed to make this film a fictionalized account of real events because I’m sure that they could have told the real story just as poignantly . Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Charlize Theron wanted to react to the crowd in the Union meeting without rehearsal, so it would feel authentic. Because the heckling was unscripted, it took Richard Jenkins almost five minutes to quiet them. Theron was so uncomfortable during this scene, she broke out in hives. “That was, I think in my entire career, the most devastating thing I’ve ever encountered.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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