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Brassed Off (1996)

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The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny
... Gloria
... Andy
... Phil
... Harry
... Jim
... Ernie
... Vera
... Ida
... Sandra
Lill Roughley ... Rita
... Simmo
Stephen Moore ... McKenzie
... Greasley (as Ken Colley)
... Mrs. Foggan
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Storyline

In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And who's side is Gloria actually on? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Fed up with the system. Ticked off at the establishment. And mad about... each other.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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23 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brassed Off!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,674,359 (United Kingdom), 15 November 1996

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,534, 26 May 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,560,471, 10 August 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Commonly understood to be based on Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the fictional pit village of Grimley is actually an amalgamation of two neighboring South Yorkshire pit villages: Grimethorpe and Frickley. Both have internationally known brass bands. Frickley pit closed in 1993, a year after Grimethorpe. See more »

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Danny: [Advertisement on the back of the band bus] ARKWRIGHT TRAVEL - New York, London, Paris & Grimley - But mainly GRIMLEY
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the closing credits is headed by the silouhette of a trumpet. See more »

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Referenced in That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #2.3 (2008) See more »

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Cross Of Honour
Composed William Rimmer (as W. Rimmer)
Published by Wright and Round Limited
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Matters of music and of people
3 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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