Brassed Off (1997)

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.
Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Miramax Films

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Cast

Jim Carter
as Harry
Melanie Hill
as Sandra
Kenneth Colley
as Greasley
Peter Gunn
as Simmo
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
Adrian Hood
as Heavy
Cliff Hopes
as Grimley Colliery Band
Paul Hughes
as Grimley Colliery Band
Sky Ingram
as Kylie
Ken Kitson
as Heavy
Vanessa Knox-Mawer
as 2nd Mother
Paul McDonald
as Grimley Colliery Band
Luke McGann
as Shane
Stephen Moore
as Mackenzie
Jacqueline Naylor
as 1st Mother
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
Paul F. Davies
as Grimley Colliery Band
Michael Kennedy
as Grimley Colliery Band
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Critic Reviews for Brassed Off

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

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Lanning : )

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