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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.

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

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Simmo
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McKenzie
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Greasley (as Ken Colley)
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Mrs. Foggan
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Storyline

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 (90) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Brassed Off!  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,674,359 (UK) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

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

The camp by the mine-workers' wives outside the pit gates was based on a real camp by miners' wives outside Grimethorpe Colliery in 1992 and other nearby pits. The wives were actually more active than the mine-workers during this period. At the same time, many embittered miners were singing "Shut the pit!" to the tune of "The Stars and Stripes Forever". See more »

Quotes

Shane: How the hell do you die happy?
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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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Soundtracks

March Of The Cobblers
Written by Bob Barratt (as R. Barrett) and Edrich Siebert (as E. Siebert)
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood Ltd trading as Ambrose Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Wonderfully warm and human film
13 January 2004 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This film has everything: Humour. Poignancy. A message. Human characters. Warmth. A great cast and good story. Interesting locales. Creative techniques. (Watch for the clown scenes and especially the one in the playground.) "Brassed Off" was (and is) a powerful editorial indictment of the Thatcher government of the time. Yet it does not preach other than in the opening and closing credits which are pithy and innovative. Anytime you see something with the Channel Four label on it, you know it will be interesting, provocative and a little different. They outdid themselves on this.


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