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The Big Brass Ring (1999)

R | | Drama | 23 June 2000 (Spain)
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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Billy
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Gigi Moorehead (as Peggy Friesen)
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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 ruin his chances for office or will he land the "Big Brass Ring"? Written by Michael Presky

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In pursuit of power, the only thing worse than denying the truth - is telling it. 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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23 June 2000 (Spain)  »

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A nagy rézgyûrû  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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According to co-writer F.X. Feeney: "On the surface it is a very free adaptation. Underneath, it is highly faithful... Orson Welles' original script was set in Spain and the Congo. We set ours along the Mississipi and in Cuba. Nevertheless, the characters have kept their original names and essential personalities through the many adaptations George Hickenlooper and I devised (whether separately or together) between 1991 and '98." See more »

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Despite both gubernatorial candidates apparently being from Missouri, they sport deep south accents. This is never explained. See more »

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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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Remake of The Big Brass Ring (1997) See more »

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Then She'll Be Mine
Composed by Fuller French
Used by permission of Fuller French
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A muddled and stagnant mess of a movie
10 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Big Brass Ring apparently never made it to a movie theater, and doesn't get anywhere else, either. The script, credited posthumously to Orson Welles, takes a number of twists and turns, but they are neither clever or clear. William Hurt portrays Missouri gubernatorial candidate Blake Pellarin, an independent running against another independent, which is unlikely enough. The fact that both candidates sport Southern accents even though it is set in Missouri is another peculiarity that is never explained. Miss it and you'll be better off.


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