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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

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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

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English | French | Latin

Release Date:

23 June 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy rézgyûrû See more »

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Budget:

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

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Despite both gubernatorial candidates apparently being from Missouri, they sport deep south accents. This is never explained. 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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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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Good plot poorly presented
8 February 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

This is a murky story of politics, scandal, sex and deception. Sounds like it should have been a great film, but it wasn't. The basic plot was sound as we might expect from Orson Welles. But the way it was presented was too disjointed and abstruse. Without reading the original script, it is hard to tell if the responsibility for this lies with Welles, Oja Kodar (who did the adaptation) or George Hickenlooper, the director. I suspect it is the latter two.

The biggest problem I had was character development. By the end of the film one should reasonably expect the pieces to fit together. Good character development should give us insight into the characters' motivation. I found this lacking. The flashbacks didn't really help us to understand the motivations of the characters as much as they should have. It seems that the brothers voluntarily switched identities, since Billy was wearing a name tag that said "Romero" on his uniform when he left to go to war. So, Blake really didn't steal his brother's identity as it appeared. This wasn't made very clear.

There were lots of loose ends here. What motivated the limo driver to do what he did? Was it a need to be close to power, or some personal vendetta? Who knows?

From a directorial and cinematography point of view, the film was far too dark, that is, underexposed. I'm certain they were trying for that look, but it made the photography look as if it were shot on 30 year old film of poor quality. Also, the audio was very bad. It was very difficult understanding a lot of the dialogue.

William Hurt was miscast in this role. For certain films, his puling, self tortured style of delivery are appropriate to the character (Big Chill, Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God). However, in this film his character required a more dynamic and confident portrayal, which he was unable to deliver.

Nigel Hawthorne gave the best performance as Kim Mennaker, the Senator who brought the boys up. His ability to portray the old political warhorse, seduced by the trappings of power was excellent.

Irene Jacob gave a good performance as Cela, the reporter with an obsession for the candidate and the truth behind him.

Overall, the whole was less than the sum of the parts. The presentation was ponderous and uneven and the direction mediocre at best. Worth a 5/10. If you are looking for political campaign stories, there are better choices (Primary Colors, The Candidate, with Robert Redford).


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