Brassed Off

1997

Brassed Off

Critics Consensus

Brassed Off combines inspiring drama with populist socioeconomics to create a film whose familiar outlines are filled in with genuine and surprisingly palpable emotion.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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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.

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Cast

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

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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.

Ross Collins
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.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

One of the best FEEL GOOD movies ever made. On par with the Full Monty. A complete gem.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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