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23 May 1997 (USA) See more »
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)

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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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 »
Gloria:Moving words...
Gloria:Back there - Danny.
Andy:Ah, aye, daft old codger. If it weren't for t'band ah reckon he'd pop his clogs. Listen, I wondered if you fancied some grub?
Andy:I dunno - go posh if ya want...
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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Matters of music and of people, 3 August 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan ( from Toronto, Canada

You don't have to be a fan of brass bands to enjoy "Brassed Off", but it couldn't hurt. The music is a central focus of the film, but not as a compromise to the story of a town in turmoil. Coal mines being shut down in the name of progress puts many men out of work which naturally also jeopardizes the existence of the colliery band. The music combined with brilliant storytelling (and editing) is merely a platform for some superb acting, particularly from Pete Postlethwaite.

Having lived all my life in a large metropolitan city, I cannot relate first hand to the plight of a small town community. Despite that, I found the story intriguing even though it may seem the outcome is somewhat predictable.

Having just purchased the DVD, I found the brief write-up on the box to be way off the mark. It touts this film as some kind of romantic and hilarious comedy, never once even grazing past the real subject matter of the film. This is another perfect example of the continued miscalculated promotion of a truly well crafted film that "Muriel's Wedding" also fell victim to. I'm not sure what the promoters were thinking, but if you set someone up for a hilarious romantic comedy and what they receive is a thoughtful serious and sometimes depressing film, are they going to be happy just the same? There are graciously some light moments and humourous turns in this otherwise sombre subject matter, but this film doesn't have a happy ending. But it sure does have a moving one. Postlethwaite's performance hits you in an unexpected way and you'd have to have a heart of stone to not be moved by it.

Any success that the film enjoys now that's it's strictly on video, is likely to come from very strong word of mouth. I had been told how good it was and enjoyed it immensely. Now that I've seen it twice, and thus been twice moved, I wait for a reasonable time to pass so that I may watch and enjoy it again as I am bound to do.

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