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Brassed Off (1997)

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Set in Yorkshire, this socially conscious British comedy-drama centers on a small coal town and the famed brass band that is its pride and joy. When the conservative government threatens to close the town's coal pit, the citizens debate on whether or not the town's band should continue playing.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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Cast

Sally Adams
as Ward Sister
Tubby Andrews
as Bus Driver
Robert Archer Lynn
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Andrew Armstrong
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
David Arnold
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Mark Arnold
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
David Barraclough
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Jonathan Beatty
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Roy Bowater
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Colin Brook
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Duncan Byers
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Malcolm Clegg
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Paul Davies
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
David Essex
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Charles Faulkner
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Olga Grahame
as Mrs Foggan
Andrew Hirst
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Alan Hobbins
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Cliff Hopes
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Paul Hughes
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Paul McDonald
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Stephen Moore
as Mackenzie
Stephan Peacock
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Shaun Randall
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Bob Rodgers
as Halifax Judge
Jim Shepherd
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Irene Skillington
as Passing Nurse
Max Smith
as Nightwatchman
Ronnie Stevens
as Albert Hall Judge
Robin Lord Taylor
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Peter Wallis
as Elderly Man
Simon Willis
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Paul F. Davies
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
Michael Kennedy
as Grimley Colliery Ban...
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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
Top Critic

Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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 : )

Super Reviewer

Brassed Off Quotes

Gloria: Do you want to come up for a coffee?
Andy: I don't drink coffee.
Gloria: I haven't got any.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Danny: More than ought else here that symbolizes pride, it's this bloody band!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Danny: This is music.. And it's music that matters!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Danny: Bit clumsy with the crockery, your Sandra.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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