Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins, who has been reliably, even overwhelmingly appealing in all her recent films, looks like she'll continue her likability streak with Made in Dagenham, based on the true story of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike. Hawkins stars as a wife and mother who leads her co-workers out on a strike for equal pay; she's joined by Miranda Richardson as the liberal MP Barbara Castle, Rosamund Pike, Bob Hoskins, and, right at the beginning of the trailer, the soon-to-be zombie-killing Andrew Lincoln. If the film seems to be a bit of a by-the-numbers historical drama trying hard to tap into your sense of justice (the swelling music cue at the one minute and 25 second mark is not subtle at all!), well, we have to confess, it worked on us. (Tears, they may have been formed.) It's sweet and convincing how not quite rousing Hawkins’s speeches are, though she does get off a doozy of a last line: Asked how the strikers will cope if they don't she snaps, "Cope? We’re women, now don’t ask such stupid questions."
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