In the cloyingly nostalgic, femme-courting industrial drama Made in Dagenham, Sally Hawkins plays Rita O'Grady, a factory worker in not-so-swinging 1960s England who leads her auto-upholstery-stitching sisters in a successful fight for equal pay for equal work. Rita's a spunky, birdy wife and mum (which is a good use of Hawkins, the spunky bird who turned the world on with her smile in Mike Leigh's 2008Happy-Go-Lucky), but she's reluctant to lead. Then lovable union guy Albert (Bob Hoskins) gets her fired up, and pretty soon she discovers — bloody 'ell! — it's good to have a voice, innit?
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