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Brassed Off (1996)

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

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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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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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23 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Brassed Off!  »

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Box Office

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£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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Kate Winslet and Catherine Zeta-Jones were both considered for the part of Gloria. See more »

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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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Person With Most Credits - Trevor Jones See more »

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Referenced in Movie Connections: Brassed Off (2007) See more »

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Clog Dance
Composed by John Marcangelo (as Marcangelo)
Published by Aviation Music Limited
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the miners' political kick to the establishment
25 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Brassed Off' came at just the right time for British politics, just as the death knell for the Conservative Party as the main political force sounded; the story fictionalises the troubles of the real-life Grimethorpe Colliery Band (who you hear playing the great brass band tunes throughout).

There are pit closures all over Yorkshire, and 'Grimley' Band has one last chance to triumph in the various band contests to end up playing at the Royal Albert Hall. This being drama of course the path to victory isn't a smooth one - there is bankruptcy, illness, broken marriages, and a clash with the new executive power (represented by Tara Fitzgerald, also taking a place in the band for her father). Romantic interest for Tara is present in cute Ewan McGregor - an unusually quiet role for him.

Say what you like about the way this film portrays the North of England, there is no denying the power of the final sequences as the triumph of 'William Tell' turns into Postlethwaite's power rant against the Government and into the trip home's 'Land of Hope and Bloody Glory'. It really couldn't have been done better.


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