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The Big Brass Ring (1999)

R | | Drama | 23 June 2000 (Spain)
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Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become Governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ... See full summary »

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Orson Welles (earlier screenplay), Oja Kodar (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Blake
Nigel Hawthorne ... Kim
Miranda Richardson ... Dinah
Irène Jacob ... Cela (as Irene Jacob)
Ewan Stewart ... Kinzel
Gregg Henry ... Billy
Ron Livingston ... Sheldon Buckle
Jefferson Mays ... Garne Strickland
Jim Metzler ... Pacxy Barragan
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Young Billy
Thomas Patrick Kelly Thomas Patrick Kelly ... Young Blake
Mack Harrell Mack Harrell ... Homer Dix
Lisette Bross ... B.C. Dix
F. Joseph Schulte F. Joseph Schulte ... Senator Jack Moorehead
Peggy Freisen Peggy Freisen ... Gigi Moorehead (as Peggy Friesen)
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Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become Governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ruin his chances for office or will he land the "Big Brass Ring"? Written by Michael Presky

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In pursuit of power, the only thing worse than denying the truth - is telling it. See more »

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Rated R for some graphic sexuality, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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George Hickenlooper and F.X. Feeney heavily re-wrote the screenplay and made substantial changes from the Orson Welles script (published in 1991 by the University of Santa Barbara Press). Welles' script concerned Senator Pellarin, a Democratic Presidential candidate in 1984 (closely modelled on Senator Gary Hart), and his troubled relationship with his disgraced homosexual mentor Kim Minnaker, a one-time Roosevelt New Deal Democrat, who was now living in exile as advisor to the corrupt government of an unnamed African dictatorship. Hickenlooper retained the basic concept, but instead re-cast Pellarin as a candidate for Governor of Missouri, and Minnaker as living in Cuba, while much of the dialogue was re-written and re-interpreted. None of Welles' satire of Reagan-era politics was retained in the final movie, while several key scenes, like a charged confrontation between Pellarin and Minnaker on a Ferris wheel, were also omitted. See more »

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In the scene just after Blake (Hurt) and Brandini (Jacob) make love, she is still in bed and is trying to encourage Blake to come public with the truth. She suggests that she might expose him if he doesn't. Blake then yanks the bed covers off exposing her completely naked body. But in the next second, closeup, she is seen with something covering her from the waist down. See more »

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Kim: Abraham Lincoln said it best: it is common enough that we triumph under adversity, but if you truly wish to test a man's character, give him power.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Club Lois XIV
Performed by Jesse Lawson and Joseph Schoen
Composed by Christopher Jackson
Used by permission of Christopher Jackson
(c) 1998 Christopher Jackson
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Accomplished, refined: pretty dull.
3 March 2004 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

William Hurt plays Gubernatorial candidate William Blake, in the final days of his election campaign. Nigel Hawthorne is Kim Mennaker, a svengali figure from Blake's childhood, who lives in Cuba for some reason, and has evidence which can sink Blake's election chances. Actually, by halfway through the movie, half of Missouri seems to have this evidence, and why nobody actually uses it is about as bewildering as why Hurt wanders about all night with a monkey on his shoulder, which he had previously complained had urinated all over him - unless that's a pun on a monkey for his back.

As usual, William Hurt is boring (look, I'm sorry, but he just is). Nigel Hawthorne, on the other hand, is incapable of being less than good, though his character is really quite ridiculous.

An understated movie, which, I admit, has emotional subtleties and plot complexities which keep it above average, but which ultimately don't save it from being a bit soporific. I'll give it 6.0. Worth watching, but don't expect to be dazzled.


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23 June 2000 (Spain) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Millennium Films, Pfilmco See more »
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