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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)

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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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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Pete Postlethwaite's final speech was not rehearsed in front of the rest of the cast. This was because the director wanted genuine reactions from everyone on hearing it.See more »
Andy:The only reason I get up in the morning is to see if my luck's changed. And it never bloody has.See more »
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
underground musical offering, 7 March 1999
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

"The best thing about being working class is getting out of it" said a notable Australian Labor politician (Neville Wran, premier of NSW 1976-1986). The coal miners in "Brassed Off" thought so too, but found redundancy not what it was cracked up to be. At the start, pits are closing all over Britain, but the Grimley colliery in South Yorkshire is still open and making a profit. After a hard day's dirty work down the mine there's nought like a session with the band to blow out the dust. Let by total obsessive bandleader Danny (Peter Postlewaithe) the boys play a surprising range - Rodrigo's "Aranjuez" (we call it "orange juice" says Danny), Rossini's "William Tell" overture and lots of Elgar and other English sentimental favourites - "Jerusalem," "Danny Boy," "Colonel Bogey" and "All Things Bright and Beautiful."

Though possible closure is on the horizon, things are fairly cozy until pretty young Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) walks in with a vintage obbligato cornet and asks to join. She's a woman (shock, horror!) but granddaughter of a former member and after a demonstration of her musical prowess is allowed in. Brooding young Andy (Ewan McGregor, unforgettable in "Trainspotting") has kissed the young lady years previously and falls for her again.

The band have their problems, especially Phil (Stephen Tompkinson) son of Danny the leader. Phil has an unfortunate gambling habit that keeps him broke and his family on the financial edge. In the background the future of the mine is becoming bleaker.

In the meantime Danny, who is developing a very bad cough, decides the band can make the national championships at the Albert Hall, and despite bailiffs, mendacious mine management, feral hospital matrons and British weather they get there.

This film in many ways is an update of the fine, well crafted "Ealing" comedy of the 1950s, celebrating the triumph of ordinary people over adverse circumstances, officialdom and middle class pretentiousness, through their own determination and talent. For the 90s the comedy has a harder edge and the political element more overt. At the end we are reminded of the hundreds of pits closed and 250,000 jobs lost in Britain between 1984 (the year of the great miners' strike) and 1994. But surely the filmmakers are not arguing the miners should still be down below. Global warming alone means coal has had its day. The real crime was the failure to invest in alternative employment and to allow the destruction of the communities which had grown up around the mines. The British State, which owned the mines for 40 years after World War Two, proved a harsher master than the old private owners, especially when the Bad Baroness herself, Margaret Thatcher, decided to sell.

On the strength of their performance here, the (mythical) Grimley band could easily turn professional, like the similarly displaced workers in "The Full Monty." Unlike "The Full Monty" the "Brassed Off" crowd don't step outside their mind-set - they are still chained to their working class attitudes and the future looks like happening without them. They escape from the working class to the underclass, clutching a year's salary most of them will soon be parted from. The traditional happy ending of the Ealing comedy is here only symbolic. Still, the miners' spirit shines through and you can't help admiring their grit. And the music's nice.

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