Brassed Off (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Pete Postlethwaite Danny
Tara Fitzgerald Gloria
Ewan McGregor Andy
Jim Carter Harry
Ken Colley
Peter Gunn Simmo
Mary Healey Ida
Melanie Hill Sandra
Philip Jackson Jim
Sue Johnston Vera
Peter Martin Ernie
Stephen Moore McKenzie
Lill Roughley Rita
Stephen Tompkinson Phil
Kenneth Colley Greasley (as Ken Colley)
Olga Grahame Mrs. Foggan
Toni Galacki Gary
Sky Ingram Kylie
Luke McGann Shane
Christopher Tetlow Craig
Bernard Wrigley Chapman
Ken Kitson Heavy 1
Adrian Hood Heavy 2
Sally Sheridan Ward Sister (as Sally Adams)
Tubby Andrews Bus Driver
Katherine Dow Blyton Nurse
Adam Fogerty Miner
Vanessa Knox-Mawer Mother 2
Sally Ann Matthews Waitress
Jacqueline Naylor Mother 1
Bob Rodgers Halifax Judge
Max Smith Nightwatchman
Ronnie Stevens Albert Hall Judge
Peter Wallis 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
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Mark Herman
Producer Steve Abbott
Writer Mark Herman
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 101 mins
Country UK
Color Color
Take The Full Monty, add a sharper emotional edge, and replace the strutting strippers with a dignified British band. That's the essence of Brassed Off, a bittersweet gem released in 1996, a year before its more popular (and Oscar-nominated) counterpart. In the Yorkshire town of Grimley, there has always been a coal mine, just as for the last 111 years there has been a brass band, and it seems that Danny (the wondrous Pete Postlethwaite) has been the director for every one of those years. Tory economic policies, however, are closing coal mines around the country in favor of nuclear power, and Grimley appears to be next on the list. Danny is unfazed by the threat, claiming, "It's music that matters." But some of the men are about to quit the band until the appearance of Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald at her most radiant), who dazzles the all-male group (including old flame Andy, played by Ewan McGregor) first with her beauty, then with her flügelhorn playing. The new member gives the band a boost as they continue to perform and compete, but closure remains very real, as director Mark Herman (Little Voice) accompanies the band's performances (played with gusto by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band) with scenes of angry labor-management confrontations and family strife. In this context, some of the characters claim that the music is an irresponsible form of escapism. It becomes clear, however, from a touching performance of "Danny Boy" to the stirring conclusion at Royal Albert Hall, that music is an expression of the human spirit, a bit of beauty and sanity in a harsh world. With defiance, the band can play "Land of Hope and Glory," even when the land offers them neither. --David Horiuchi
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 31
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 717951002457
Chapters 12
Release Date 2003
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen
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