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Brassed Off
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"A feel-good movie that doesn't insult it's audience."
4 stars

Brassed Off is set in 1992 in Grimley, England, a fictitious town in the heart of coal mining country.

Director Herman makes an unapologetic attempt to reclaim a humanity the Thatcher Government tried mercilessly to destroy in a political campaign that sought to close coal mines in favour of nuclear power. The people of Grimley are facing total devastation in the face of their coal mine's imminent closure.

The coalminers' wives have been campaigning on the streets for months, and the unions have been trying to negotiate to keep the mines open. The only one that seems unaffected by the impending doom is Danny (Postlethwaite from Romeo & Juliet), the leader of the local brass band. To him, nothing is more important than music, believing it has the power to transform and heal even those in the most desperate situations.

Not everyone shares his conviction, including Andy (McGregor -
Trainspotting) a young trumpet playing miner whose disillusionment with life has arrived way too early. As negotiations come to a head, band members decide to put down their instruments once and for all, passing up the chance to play in the National Finals. No one, of course, dares tell Danny.

Enter Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald - Sirens), a beautiful flugelhorn
player who sweeps Andy off his feet and inspires these blokes to play their music in the face of adversity. She, however, has her own little secret.

Brassed Off is the type of feel-good movie that doesn't insult its audience, but tries to weave a strong political message with the hearts of those to whom it matters.

The result is a warm and poignant exploration of the human fallout caused by inhuman politics. Thatcher, where are you now? ---Paul Garcia

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5/05/15 Anne moving, glowing movie, great to watch! 4 stars
10/23/07 MP Bartley I'm going to dance a jog of delight when Thatcher croaks. Oh yeah, great fucking movie too. 5 stars
1/21/03 Rene Ewan's role is great and Postlethwaite is incredible. BTW, Ewan plays a FRENCH HORN! 5 stars
9/15/02 Crystal Good movie 5 stars
8/09/02 I Can't Swim Ewan is yummy, but the entire movie is really very well done too 5 stars
6/10/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi mmm....ewan is so damn fine! 5 stars
3/30/01 Lisa good movie, I enjoyed it a lot 4 stars
4/21/00 Geoff Fiddian Nothing quite hearing an entire cinema auidience tapping collective feet from the opening. 5 stars
3/01/00 Ionicera Probably made with good intentions, but I couldn't get involved in it at all 2 stars
2/15/00 Neil Austin Being a yorkshir man...COME ON 5 stars
9/29/99 Bozo Cried like a little girl....twice! Loved every moment in this minor masterpiece 5 stars
2/19/99 Bruce Hedge Great comment on economic rationalism, never thought I'd enjoy brass band music so much! 4 stars
2/02/99 Matthew Bartley Impossibly humanistic bawl your eyes out at the midnight scene 5 stars
11/24/98 Annu Bannu Touted as a comedy,turned out maudlin, with 2 dimensional acting at best, good cast wasted 1 stars
11/20/98 Evil Buffy pete's awsome in this film. sad and poignent but good. and ewan. 5 stars
8/31/98 Mister Whoopee Preety bland subject matter, but Tara Fitzgerald is niiiiiiiice. 3 stars
8/17/98 {{{OZ}}} Ewan McGregor is dope. But he keeps doing stupid movies. Maybe he's *a* dope. 3 stars
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  23-May-1997 (R)



Directed by
  Mark Herman

Written by
  Mark Herman

  Pete Postlethwaite
  Tara Fitzgerald
  Ewan McGregor
  Jim Carter
  Kenneth Colley
  Peter Gunn

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