By Jake Perlman
August 15, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
Nicola Dove
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  • Movie
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During the British coal miners’ yearlong strike against Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1984, one Welsh mining town got financial support from a surprising source: a London-based group of gays and lesbians who seemed to share little more than a mutual enmity toward the Iron Lady. Well, that and music. In the film, Dominic West’s gay activist leads a rousing disco routine that gets the locals (including Imelda Staunton) on their feet. Director Matthew Warchus, veteran of stage hits like Matilda, grew up in a northern England mining community but admits he wasn’t familiar with the true-life story until he read Stephen Beresford’s script. ”There was a sense of disbelief and wonder,” he says. ”How did we not know about it?”

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 120 minutes
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  • CBS Films
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