Brassed Off (1997)

Brassed Off

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Economics and music are the twin focal points of this comedy/drama about a community in crisis. The small British town of Grimley has long been dominated by the coal mine where most of the men work, and the town's greatest source of pride is the Grimley Colliery Band, a brass ensemble that's won a number of nationwide competitions. Danny (Pete Postlewaite) is a retired miner in poor health who directs the band; a national championship is coming up, and Danny is determined that Grimley will walk … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Herman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 1998
Runtime:
Miramax Films

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Critic Reviews for Brassed Off

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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The cast is ardent as all get-out, but the most authentic emotional lift comes from the real-life Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, blowing their hearts out.

Full Review… | May 23, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Brassed Off

½

Quaint little story about miners from a Northern England town losing their quarry but finding unity in their brass band. Apparently it's a true story, the film is completely accurate, and the band still plays today (and indeed provide the soundtrack). Although not the most engrossing story ever, it is heart warming in a way that grows on you with time.

RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

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½

A lovable, if formulaic and slightly predictable, film concerning a dying town in England which has been ravaged by poor politicians, and how the citizens there interact and keep each other's spirits strong through the use of forming their own music band. The real reason to see this movie is for the late great Pete Postlethwaite, who is one of the best actors ever in my opinion, and he once again delivers a stunning performance as the band's emotional orchestrator. As said, it is not a perfect movie and at one point it threatens to get a bit too into the dark aspects of it, but Postlethwaite's performance coupled with a well-paced plot and incredibly satisfying ending makes this one a winner in the end.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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All band music fans must see this. Reminds me of a cross between Billy Elliot and Drumline. Coal may be dead, but music never ever dies. Is it really true that everything, in the end, is political? Really, the most fun I've ever had watching Pete Postlethwaite, and it's a very -- please forgive me -- sweet love story to boot. I've seen Tara Fitzgerald work the camera before, but this time it's official: I'm in love. Tara, you can play flügelhorn with me any time. Ewan, keep at the acting lessons.

binky013
Lanning : )

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