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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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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 All (91) »

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

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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23 May 1997 (USA)  »

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£1,674,359 (UK) (15 November 1996)

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$2,560,471 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Trivia

A portion of Pete Postlethwaite's speech at the end of the film was sampled by the British group, Chumbawamba, for the beginning of their 1997 hit "Tubthumping." See more »

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Shane: How the hell do you die happy?
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The beginning of the closing credits is headed by the silouhette of a trumpet. See more »

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Features The Riddlers (1986) See more »

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William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Arranged by G.J. Grant
Solo Cornet - Shaun Randall
Published by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishing Limited
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Almost perfect
19 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I have seen Brassed Off many times, I do in fact own it, and every time I watch it it never fails to move me. There are certain moments that stick out to me as either breath taking or harrowing.

1) That famous 'Concierto d'Aranguez' scene. The first time I saw this scene it took my breath away, literally. When used well music can move you in a way words can't. The juxtaposing of this piece of music against the union's meeting is one of them. I haven't been this moved by a piece of music with actions since then apart from the Roxan sequence in Moulin Rouge.

2) The scene where Phil loses it when playing Mr Chuckles I actually can't sit through. I have to fast forward because the emotion the Stephen Tompkinson manages to portray is so strong it's painful to watch.

Through all of this though I think my favorite scene, the aforementioned 1) excluded, is when they compete in all 14 tournaments and get completely rat arsed. The sight of these brilliant musicians trying to continue playing when they can't see straight, stop laughing, or keep their instruments in one piece is one of the most honest, amusing and humble moments in a film in recent years. there is no flashy camera work, no deeper meaning, just something that says exactly who these people are. Ordinary human beings, not super-heros, and just trying to live life whilst having fun in difficult circumstances. And you really can't play wind instruments drunk, I've tried.

The film is not perfect. It is a bit preachy, especially the end. And McGregor's accent, although he plays the part beautifully, does slip at time, especially in his longer speeches. But the humanity of the film and it's charm out way all of it's faults.


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