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Brassed Off (1996)

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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.



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lill Roughley ...
Stephen Moore ...
Greasley (as Ken Colley)
Mrs. Foggan


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brassed Off!  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,674,359 (United Kingdom), 15 November 1996

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,534, 26 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,560,471, 10 August 1997
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a Yorkshire mining community (as portrayed in the film), the word "scab" is a very serious insult. Rather than refer narrowly to strikebreakers, it can also refer to traitors to the working class in general, which is the sense used in this film. Militant miners would often refuse to speak to those considered "scabs". See more »


Andy: The only reason I get up in the morning is to see if my luck's changed. And it never bloody has.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the closing credits is headed by the silouhette of a trumpet. See more »


References The Hustler (1961) See more »


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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Human and heartwarming
28 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Director is Mark Herman but the movie themes remind Ken Loach and its stories about people losing jobs but keeping their dignity... Basically everything is inspired by events that really took place over Margaret Thatcher Government (when the film is set). Miners living in a Yorkshire small town (Grimley), when laid off, try to continue the activity of their band, though sadness due to economic repression is a real threat to it. But Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlewait (who on earth might forget him after "In the name of the father"?) are really powerful, two thumbs up. Altogether I really appreciated the way this film tells of fight for self-respect and courage.

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