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The Big Brass Ring (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 June 2000 (Spain)
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Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cela (as Irene Jacob)
Ewan Stewart ...
Sheldon Buckle
Garne Strickland
Pacxy Barragan
Young Billy
Thomas Patrick Kelly ...
Young Blake
Mack Harrell ...
Homer Dix
B.C. Dix
F. Joseph Schulte ...
Senator Jack Moorehead
Peggy Freisen ...
Gigi Moorehead (as Peggy Friesen)


Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ruin his chances for office or will he land the "Big Brass Ring"? Written by Michael Presky

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You can't buy absolution...What you seek is something that can only be given. See more »



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Rated R for some graphic sexuality, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

23 June 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy rézgyûrû  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "big brass ring" of the title is a reference to the high brass rings found in old fashioned gyms and swimming pools, which one was supposed to jump up to and grab. As such it is a metaphor for that which is difficult to attain or at least hard to keep hold of. See more »


In the scene just after Blake (Hurt) and Brandini (Jacob) make love, she is still in bed and is trying to encourage Blake to come public with the truth. She suggests that she might expose him if he doesn't. Blake then yanks the bed covers off exposing her completely naked body. But in the next second, closeup, she is seen with something covering her from the waist down. See more »


[first lines]
Kim: Abraham Lincoln said it best: it is common enough that we triumph under adversity, but if you truly wish to test a man's character, give him power.
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References Chimes at Midnight (1965) See more »


Club Lois XIV
Performed by Jesse Lawson and Joseph Schoen
Composed by Christopher Jackson
Used by permission of Christopher Jackson
(c) 1998 Christopher Jackson
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No lost gem
24 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film's one source of interest is that it is based on a screenplay co-written by Orson Welles. Sadly it is quite simply a bad script - convoluted, pretentious, and unmoving. There is nothing here to dispel the fact that in his latter years Welles was a tragic figure who had long since lost the brilliance he had exhibited in the first half of his life. The script, bad acting, and low-budget conspire to give this film turkey status.

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