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Brassed Off (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  23 May 1997 (USA)
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The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

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In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And who's side is Gloria actually on? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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band | hope | colliery | miner | brass band | See more »

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Fed up with the system. Ticked off at the establishment. And mad about... each other.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Brassed Off!  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,674,359 (UK) (15 November 1996)

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$2,560,471 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Kate Winslet and Catherine Zeta-Jones were both considered for the part of Gloria. See more »

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Women on picket line: [chanting] The miners, united, will never be defeated.
Andy: Poor old biddies. Don't they know they're pissing in the wind, like the rest of us?
Ernie: Can they do that, women?
Andy: What?
Ernie: Piss in the wind.
Jim: No, Ernie. That's just the point.
Ernie: No, but on a nice day, you know, when there's no wind about. They can't - you know - get any direction on it.
Jim: All right, whatever it is that lasses do that's pointless.
Andy: Bloody hell. So much to choose from.
Phil: Fart in a force ten?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening titles and credits, all instances of the letters "p" and "f" are shown in lower case italics, as they would be in the musical directions for playing softly and loudly, and are tinted red. For example, the title actually appears as BRASSED Off, with the ff in red italics. See more »

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All Things Bright And Beautiful
Composed by William H. Monk (as Monk)
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander (as Alexander)
Arr. D. Rimmer
Published by Wright and Round Limited
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Utterly wonderful in every way
1 March 2003 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

This is British Cinema at its very best and has been my favourite film of all time since I first saw it on the big screen. I cannot think of two more powerful performances committed to celluloid than those of Peter Postlethwaite and Stephen Tompkinson. There is so much emotion in "Brassed Off" that anyone who fails to be moved must have a heart of stone...if indeed they have a heart at all. People I know (or reviews I have read) that didn't like the film have criticised the intense political messages within it, but in my opinion these folk are missing the point entirely. It's true that there is a fierce undercurrent of anti right wing leaning running through the movie, but to portray the characters any other way would be factually inaccurate. Some may view Thatcher as a Saint, but characters like those in Brassed Off can only ever view her as an evil tyrant. Anyway I'm going off on a tangent now. My point is this: Brassed Off is a very humane picture that paints a picture of early eighties folk who have been robbed of their livelihood, yet still manages to be funny, charming, heartwarming, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. A truly wonderful film.


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