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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.

Director:

Mark Herman

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lill Roughley ... Rita
Peter Gunn ... Simmo
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... McKenzie
Kenneth Colley ... Greasley (as Ken Colley)
Olga Grahame ... 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brassed Off! See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fish-and-chip restaurant where Andy takes Gloria when they decide to "go posh" is called "In Cod We Trust". See more »

Goofs

When Gloria is playing the Concerto de Aranjuez, the second measure after the Flugelhorn comes in, she plays a note with the second valve that should be played with the first valve. The written note is a B-flat for Flugelhorn (concert A-Flat). Playing with the second valve would produce a B natural, a half step higher. See more »

Quotes

Andy: The only reason I get up in the morning is to see if my luck's changed. And it never bloody has.
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Crazy Credits

Person With Most Credits - Trevor Jones See more »

Alternate Versions

The American release removes the scene where Phil explains that he was a scab (voted for pit closure). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Long Way Round (2004) See more »

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Clog Dance
Composed by John Marcangelo (as Marcangelo)
Published by Aviation Music Limited
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Human and heartwarming
28 March 2005 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

Director is Mark Herman but the movie themes remind Ken Loach and its stories about people losing jobs but keeping their dignity... Basically everything is inspired by events that really took place over Margaret Thatcher Government (when the film is set). Miners living in a Yorkshire small town (Grimley), when laid off, try to continue the activity of their band, though sadness due to economic repression is a real threat to it. But Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlewait (who on earth might forget him after "In the name of the father"?) are really powerful, two thumbs up. Altogether I really appreciated the way this film tells of fight for self-respect and courage.


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