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Fed up with the system. Ticked off at the establishment. And mad about... each other.
The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pete Postlethwaite ... Danny

Tara Fitzgerald ... Gloria

Ewan McGregor ... Andy

Stephen Tompkinson ... Phil

Jim Carter ... Harry

Philip Jackson ... Jim
Peter Martin ... Ernie

Sue Johnston ... Vera

Mary Healey ... Ida

Melanie Hill ... Sandra
Lill Roughley ... Rita
Peter Gunn ... Simmo
Stephen Moore ... McKenzie
Kenneth Colley ... Greasley (as Ken Colley)
Olga Grahame ... Mrs. Foggan
Toni Galacki ... Gary
Sky Ingram ... Kylie
Luke McGann ... Shane
Christopher Tetlow ... Craig

Bernard Wrigley ... Chapman
Ken Kitson ... Heavy 1
Adrian Hood ... Heavy 2
Sally Sheridan ... Ward Sister (as Sally Adams)
Tubby Andrews ... Bus Driver
Katherine Dow Blyton ... Nurse

Adam Fogerty ... Miner
Vanessa Knox-Mawer ... Mother 2
Sally Ann Matthews ... Waitress
Jacqueline Naylor ... Mother 1
Bob Rodgers ... Halifax Judge
Max Smith ... Nightwatchman
Ronnie Stevens ... Albert Hall Judge
Peter Wallis ... Elderly Man
Robert Archer ... Grimley Colliery Band
Andrew Armstrong ... Grimley Colliery Band
David Arnold ... Grimley Colliery Band
Mark Arnold ... Grimley Colliery Band
David Barraclough ... Grimley Colliery Band
Jonathan Beatty ... Grimley Colliery Band
Roy Bowater ... Grimley Colliery Band
Colin Brook ... Grimley Colliery Band
Duncan Byers ... Grimley Colliery Band
Malcolm Clegg ... Grimley Colliery Band
Paul Davies ... Grimley Colliery Band
David Essex ... Grimley Colliery Band
Charles Faulkner ... Grimley Colliery Band
Andrew Hirst ... Grimley Colliery Band
Alan Hobbins ... Grimley Colliery Band
Cliff Hopes ... Grimley Colliery Band
Paul Hughes ... Grimley Colliery Band
Michael Kennedy ... Grimley Colliery Band
Paul McDonald ... Grimley Colliery Band
Stephen Peacock ... Grimley Colliery Band
Shaun Randall ... Grimley Colliery Band
Jim Shepherd ... Grimley Colliery Band
Robin Taylor ... Grimley Colliery Band
Simon Willis ... Grimley Colliery Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Atkinson ... Chippy (uncredited)
Jonathan Bridge ... Concert Extra (uncredited)
Martin L. Evans ... Boy (uncredited)
Nichola McHugh ... Crowd (uncredited)
Nick Owenford ... Band Member (uncredited)
David Palfreyman ... Miner (uncredited)
Irene Skillington ... Passing Nurse (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Herman 
Writing credits
Mark Herman (written by)

Produced by
Steve Abbott .... producer
Olivia Stewart .... co-producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Andy Collins 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
Casting by
Julia Duff 
Priscilla John 
Production Design by
Don Taylor 
Art Direction by
Felicity Joll 
Set Decoration by
Brian Read 
Costume Design by
Amy Roberts 
Makeup Department
Tricia Cameron .... chief hair stylist
Tricia Cameron .... key makeup artist
Sallie Evans .... makeup artist
Norma Webb .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clare Awdry .... third assistant director
Jonathan Benson .... assistant director
Antony Ford .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Allenby .... property master
Jo Graysmark .... assistant art director
Robert Hill .... stand-by props (as Rob Hill)
Derek Honeybun .... painter
Ken Lupton .... property runaround
Emma MacDevitt .... art department runner
Steve Macdonald .... stand-by prop (as Steve McDonald)
Barry Moll .... construction manager
Roy O'Connor .... dressing prop
Mark Reynolds .... dressing prop
Mark Roberts .... painter
Peter Skarratt .... stand-by carpenter
Joe Willmott .... carpenter (as Joe Wilmott)
Sound Department
Jason Adams .... foley editor
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Elliott .... dialogue editor
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Julius Gladwell .... assistant foley editor
Emily Lincoln .... assistant sound editor
Peter Lindsay .... sound recordist
Dennis McTaggart .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mervyn Moore .... boom operator
Lyle Scott-Darling .... sound re-recordist
James Manning .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Keith Mason .... dubbing assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Crawley .... wireman
Tim Baxter .... optical effects (uncredited)
Sean McCabe .... stunt coordinator
Julian Spencer .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Sophie Baker .... still photographer
Mark Binnall .... grip
Harry Bowers .... clapper loader
Stuart Brereton .... camera trainee
Ross Chapman .... electrician
Sarah Fitzgerald .... still photographer
Steve Griffiths .... electrician
Ray Hall .... grip
Gordon Hickie .... camera operator: second unit
Peter Johnson .... stand-by rigger
Mark Laidlaw .... generator operator
Mark Milsome .... focus puller
Ronnie Phillips .... best boy (as Ron Phillips)
Chris Plevin .... camera operator
Norman Smith .... gaffer
Gavin Tookey .... focus puller: second unit
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Foster .... wardrobe supervisor
Marion Lester-Card .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Wilson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Clive Barrett .... associate editor
Emily Hunt .... second assistant editor
Stephen Law .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Trevor Jones .... conductor
Trevor Jones .... music producer: brass band
Trevor Jones .... orchestrator
Emily Lodge .... music clearances
Bill Lyon .... musician
James Manning .... assistant music engineer
Simon Rhodes .... music mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music mixer: brass band
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator: Contemporary Media Music Productions
Mike Sheady .... music recordist: brass band
Tony Stanton .... music copying
Robert Archer .... musician (uncredited)
Andrew Armstrong .... musician (uncredited)
David Arnold .... musician (uncredited)
David Barraclough .... musician (uncredited)
Jonathan Beatty .... musician (uncredited)
Roy Bowater .... musician (uncredited)
Colin Brook .... musician (uncredited)
Duncan Byers .... musician (uncredited)
Malcolm Clegg .... musician (uncredited)
Byron Fulcher .... musician (uncredited)
Percy Grainger .... music arranger: "Danny Boy (Londonderry Air ") (uncredited)
Simon Gresswell .... musician (uncredited)
Alan Hobbins .... musician (uncredited)
Stephen Peacock .... musician (uncredited)
Kirsty Whalley .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Bassnett .... driver: camera car
Paul Caputa .... unit driver
Rodney Dodson .... transport
Mark Featherstone .... wardrobe bus driver
Les Quick .... stand-by driver: props
Steve Timms .... unit driver
Laurence Turner .... unit driver
Nick Wilson .... make-up bus driver
Laurence Turner .... driver: minibus (uncredited)
Other crew
Bill Barringer .... location manager
Dominic Barringer .... rushes runner
Geraldine East .... legal services
Marilla Elliott .... location manager: London
Sarah Fleet .... assistant: Steve and Mark
Howard Grace .... floor runner
Howard Grace .... stand-in
Roger Handley .... band uniforms
Victoria Handley .... band uniforms
Marriott Harrison .... legal
Mark Herbert .... assistant location manager
Synnøve Hørsdal .... production runner
Zoe Johnson .... stand-in: nurse
Sara Keene .... publicist
Sheryl Leonardo .... production accountant
Wendy Lilly .... production coordinator
Vikki Luya .... publicist
June McDonald .... script supervisor
Ian Robinson .... laboratory contact
Rebecca Sutton .... floor runner
Jane Trower .... assistant accountant
Jeannie Udall .... unit nurse (as Jeanie Udall)
Joan Washington .... dialect coach
Simon Dowling .... title designer (uncredited)
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)
Christopher Hall .... thanks
Richard Whiteley .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brassed Off!" - USA (poster title)
"Brass!" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The advertising slogan on the back of the coach that the band use reads: "Arkwright Travel - New York, London, Paris & Grimley - But mainly Grimley".See more »
[Sandra is throwing plates after Phil and Danny]
Danny:She's a bit careless with the crockery, your Sandra!
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Movie Connections:
References The Hustler (1961)See more »
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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Very moving and beautiful, 15 April 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

I was lucky enough to catch this movie in the theater and still luckier to come across it again on video. How anyone can call it a comedy is beyond me. Yes there are some laughs, but there are far more tears; some of pain, some of joy. This is a drama with a sense of humor. You have to keep a sense of humor to survive when life kicks you in the gut.

I've read some reviews condemning the politics of this film. Well, I applaud the political message. I grew up near an industrial town; one centered on the auto industry, heavy machinery, and agri-business. As I got older, I watched it disintegrate, through the 70's and 80's, as the grain embargo, auto industry woes and recession bled the life out of the town. It has never recovered. Many of us felt that Reagan and Thatcher, and their descendants, were monsters who sold their people out for a quick buck; while the parties that were supposed to represent the workers and middle class joined in the takings. To us, this isn't an anti-Thatcher film; it's the truth.

The performances of this film, particularly Pete Postlethwaite and Stephen Tompkinson, as well as Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald are top notch. There is a sweet and painful romance here; but it is the community of the miners, through the life of the band, that is the center here. The music is beautiful and will move you. The piece played as the pit closure is finalized stirs so many emotions. The rendition of "Danny Boy" brings tears to your eyes. The review in our local alternative paper said the surprise near the end would reduce even the hardest heart to tears, and they were right.

There is so much to see and love about this film, regardless of your political beliefs. Music does matter, but the people who create it matter, too. Communities matter, love matters. This is what good filmmaking is all about. See this film. You'll laugh a bit, cry a lot, get angry, become sad; but, you'll never be bored.

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