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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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You can't buy absolution...What you seek is something that can only be given. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The "big brass ring" of the title is a reference to the high brass rings found in old fashioned gyms and swimming pools, which one was supposed to jump up to and grab. As such it is a metaphor for that which is difficult to attain or at least hard to keep hold of. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

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Then She'll Be Mine
Composed by Fuller French
Used by permission of Fuller French
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Refreshingly upbeat tale on "politicians are flawed" theme
30 April 2000 | by AMW-5See all my reviews

I found this a moving and refreshingly upbeat "take" on the "flawed hero" theme. The pursuit of power has led all the characters to make ruthless and morally dubious choices yet they still strive for some sort of decency in their relationships and by the end of the film have just about achieved this. Yes it's a bit melodramatic but unrealistic? - the more I learn of American politics the more real it seems ( Clinton? Kennedy?) Don't be put of by those reviewers who claim the plot isn't clear. If you pay attention it is! Pellarin's body guard for example is a Vietnam veteran & turns against Blake when he discovers he draft-dodged. The performances are all excellent, particularly William Hurt's as Blake. For the first time I realised I may actually have something in common with these larger than life politicians and they may be as interested as I am in making the world a little better for us all.


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Release Date:

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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Dolby

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1.37 : 1
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