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Brassed Off ()


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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.
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Danny
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Gloria
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Andy
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Phil
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Harry
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Jim
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Ernie
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Vera
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Ida
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Sandra
Lill Roughley ...
Rita
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Simmo
Stephen Moore ...
McKenzie
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Greasley (as Ken Colley)
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Mrs. Foggan
Toni Galacki ...
Gary
Sky Ingram ...
Kylie
Luke McGann ...
Shane
Christopher Tetlow ...
Craig
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Chapman
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Heavy 1
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Heavy 2
Sally Sheridan ...
Ward Sister (as Sally Adams)
Tubby Andrews ...
Bus Driver
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
Nurse
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Miner
Vanessa Knox-Mawer ...
Mother 2
Sally Ann Matthews ...
Waitress
Jacqueline Naylor ...
Mother 1
Bob Rodgers ...
Halifax Judge
Max Smith ...
Nightwatchman
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Albert Hall Judge
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Elderly Man
Robert Archer ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Andrew Armstrong ...
Grimley Colliery Band
David Arnold ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Mark Arnold ...
Grimley Colliery Band
David Barraclough ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Jonathan Beatty ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Roy Bowater ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Colin Brook ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Duncan Byers ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Malcolm Clegg ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Paul Davies ...
Grimley Colliery Band
David Essex ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Charles Faulkner ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Andrew Hirst ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Alan Hobbins ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Cliff Hopes ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Paul Hughes ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Michael Kennedy ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Paul McDonald ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Stephen Peacock ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Shaun Randall ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Jim Shepherd ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Robin Taylor ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Simon Willis ...
Grimley Colliery Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Atkinson ...
Chippy (uncredited)
Jonathan Bridge ...
Concert Extra (uncredited)
Martin L. Evans ...
Boy (uncredited)
Nichola McHugh ...
Crowd (uncredited)
Nick Owenford ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Miner (uncredited)
Irene Skillington ...
Passing Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Herman

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Produced by

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Steve Abbott ... producer
Olivia Stewart ... co-producer

Music by

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Trevor Jones

Cinematography by

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Andy Collins

Film Editing by

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Michael Ellis

Editorial Department

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Clive Barrett ... associate editor
Emily Hunt ... second assistant editor
Stephen Law ... post-production coordinator

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Julia Duff
Priscilla John

Production Design by

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Don Taylor

Art Direction by

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Felicity Joll

Set Decoration by

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Brian Read

Costume Design by

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Amy Roberts

Makeup Department

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Tricia Cameron ... chief hair stylist / key makeup artist
Sallie Evans ... makeup artist
Norma Webb ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Clare Awdry ... third assistant director
Jonathan Benson ... assistant director
Antony Ford ... second assistant director

Art Department

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John Allenby ... property master
Jo Graysmark ... assistant art director
Robert Hill ... stand-by props (as Rob Hill)
Derek Honeybun ... painter
Ken Lupton ... property runaround
Emma MacDevitt ... art department runner
Steve Macdonald ... stand-by prop (as Steve McDonald)
Barry Moll ... construction manager
Roy O'Connor ... dressing prop
Mark Reynolds ... dressing prop
Mark Roberts ... painter
Peter Skarratt ... stand-by carpenter
Joe Willmott ... carpenter (as Joe Wilmott)

Sound Department

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Jason Adams ... foley editor
Graham Daniel ... re-recording mixer
Peter Elliott ... dialogue editor
Steve Finn ... boom operator
Julius Gladwell ... assistant foley editor
Emily Lincoln ... assistant sound editor
Peter Lindsay ... sound recordist
Dennis McTaggart ... sound editor
Ray Merrin ... re-recording mixer
Mervyn Moore ... boom operator
Lyle Scott-Darling ... sound re-recordist
James Manning ... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Keith Mason ... dubbing assistant (uncredited)

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Steve Crawley ... wireman
Tim Baxter ... optical effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Sean McCabe ... stunt coordinator
Julian Spencer ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Appleby ... still photographer
Sophie Baker ... still photographer
Mark Binnall ... grip
Harry Bowers ... clapper loader
Stuart Brereton ... camera trainee
Ross Chapman ... electrician
Sarah Fitzgerald ... still photographer
Steve Griffiths ... electrician
Ray Hall ... grip
Gordon Hickie ... camera operator: second unit
Peter Johnson ... stand-by rigger
Mark Laidlaw ... generator operator
Mark Milsome ... focus puller
Ronnie Phillips ... best boy (as Ron Phillips)
Chris Plevin ... camera operator
Norman Smith ... gaffer
Gavin Tookey ... focus puller: second unit

Casting Department

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Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Foster ... wardrobe supervisor
Marion Lester-Card ... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Wilson ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Bill Barringer ... location manager
Marilla Elliott ... location manager: London
Mark Herbert ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestral contractor
Trevor Jones ... conductor / music producer: brass band / orchestrator
Emily Lodge ... music clearances
Bill Lyon ... musician
James Manning ... assistant music engineer
Simon Rhodes ... music mixer / music mixer: brass band / music recordist
Victoria Seale ... music coordinator: Contemporary Media Music Productions
Mike Sheady ... music recordist: brass band
Tony Stanton ... music copying
Robert Archer ... musician (uncredited)
Andrew Armstrong ... musician (uncredited)
David Arnold ... musician (uncredited)
David Barraclough ... musician (uncredited)
Jonathan Beatty ... musician (uncredited)
Roy Bowater ... musician (uncredited)
Colin Brook ... musician (uncredited)
Duncan Byers ... musician (uncredited)
Malcolm Clegg ... musician (uncredited)
Byron Fulcher ... musician (uncredited)
Percy Grainger ... music arranger: "Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)" (uncredited)
Simon Gresswell ... musician (uncredited)
Alan Hobbins ... musician (uncredited)
Stephen Peacock ... musician (uncredited)
Kirsty Whalley ... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Gavyn Wright ... orchestra leader (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Brian Bassnett ... driver: camera car
Paul Caputa ... unit driver
Rodney Dodson ... transport
Mark Featherstone ... wardrobe bus driver
Les Quick ... stand-by driver: props
Steve Timms ... unit driver
Laurence Turner ... unit driver
Nick Wilson ... make-up bus driver
Laurence Turner ... driver: minibus (uncredited)

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Dominic Barringer ... rushes runner
Geraldine East ... legal services
Sarah Fleet ... assistant: Steve and Mark
Howard Grace ... floor runner / stand-in
Roger Handley ... band uniforms
Victoria Handley ... band uniforms
Marriott Harrison ... legal
Synnøve Hørsdal ... production runner
Zoe Johnson ... stand-in: nurse
Sara Keene ... publicist
Sheryl Leonardo ... production accountant
Wendy Lilly ... production coordinator
Vikki Luya ... publicist
June McDonald ... script supervisor
Ian Robinson ... laboratory contact
Rebecca Sutton ... floor runner
Jane Trower ... assistant accountant
Jeannie Udall ... unit nurse (as Jeanie Udall)
Joan Washington ... dialect coach
Simon Dowling ... title designer (uncredited)
Amanda Street ... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)

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Christopher Hall ... thanks
Richard Whiteley ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Fed up with the system. Ticked off at the establishment. And mad about... each other. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Brassed Off! (United States)
  • Brass! (Japan, English title)
  • Les virtuoses (France)
  • Brassed Off - Mit Pauken und Trompeten (Germany)
  • Tocando el viento (Spain)
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  • 103 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP1,674,359, 15 Nov 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia Pete Postlethwaite's final speech was not rehearsed in front of the rest of the cast. This was because the director wanted genuine reactions from everyone on hearing it. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Addicted to Love/Gamera: Guardian of the Universe/The Van/Brassed Off (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Death Or Glory See more »
Crazy Credits On some prints, the words "The End" remain onscreen as three additional lines of "definitions" are added one by one underneath: n. 1. closure (as in 140 pits since 1984) 2. termination (as in 250,000 jobs) 3. conclusion (as in draw your own...) See more »
Quotes Danny: This band behind me'll tell you that that trophy means more to me than owt else in the whole world. But they'd be wrong! Truth is, I THOUGHT it mattered. I thought that MUSIC mattered. But does it bollocks? Not compared to how people matter. Us winning this trophy won't mean bugger-all to most people. But us *refusing* it - like what we're going to do now - well, then it becomes news, doesn't it?
[flurry of press camera shutters]
Danny: You see what I mean. That way, I'll not just be talking to myself, will I? Because over the last ten years, this bloody government has systematically destroyed an entire industry. OUR industry. And not just our industry - our communities, our homes, our lives. All in the name of "progress". And for a few lousy bob. I'll tell you something else you might not know, as well. A fortnight ago, this band's pit were closed - another thousand men lost their jobs. And that's not all they lost. Most of them lost the will to win a while ago. A few of them even lost the will to fight. But when it comes to losing the will to live, to breathe, the point is - if this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they, no, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left. Oh aye, they can knock out a bloody good tune. But what the fuck does that matter?
[gasps emotionally, close to tears]
Danny: And now I'm going to take my boys out onto the town. Thank you.
[rapturous applause and standing ovation]
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