Brassed OffDirector: Mark Herman,
Economics and music are the twin focal points of this comedy/drama about a community in crisis. The small British town of Grimley has long been dominated by the coal mine where most of the men work, and the town's greatest source of pride is the Grimley Colliery Band, a brass ensemble that's won a number of nationwide competitions. Danny (Pete Postlewaite) is a retired miner in poor health who directs the band; a national championship is coming up, and Danny is determined that Grimley will walk away with a trophy. But many of his musicians have other things on their minds: word has it that the mine may soon close down, and, in a city already suffering an economic downturn, this is just short of a death sentence. Adding to the intrigue is the return of Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald), who used to live in Grimley and is back in town for a while on an assignment. While the band has traditionally been all-male, Danny considers bending the rules to allow Gloria in the band, as she's a fine fluglehorn player, but her presence is bad news for the town: she works for the government and is investigating the feasibility of closing down the mine. Ace trumpeter Andy (Ewan McGregor) also has mixed feelings about Gloria; they were once a couple, and he still has feelings for her, but he's not sure he wants to set himself up for another breakup. The real-life Grimethorpe Colliery Band performs on the soundtrack.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Sally Adams||Ward Sister|
|Tubby Andrews||Bus Driver|
|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|
|Katherine Dow Blyton||Nurse|
|Roy Bowater||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Colin Brook||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Duncan Byers||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Malcolm Clegg||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Paul Davies||Grimley Colliery Band|
|David Essex||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Charles Faulkner||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Olga Grahame||Mrs Foggan|
|Andrew Hirst||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Alan Hobbins||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Cliff Hopes||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Paul Hughes||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Michael Kennedy||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Vanessa Knox-Mawer||2nd Mother|
|Sally Ann Matthews||Waitress|
|Paul McDonald||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Jacqueline Naylor||1st Mother|
|Stephan Peacock||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Shaun Randall||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Bob Rodgers||Halifax Judge|
|Jim Shepherd||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Irene Skillington||Passing Nurse|
|Ronnie Stevens||Albert Hall Judge|
|Robin Lord Taylor||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Peter Wallis||Elderly Man|
|Simon Willis||Grimley Colliery Band|
|Jonathan Benson||Asst. Director|
|Felicity Joll||Art Director|
|Trevor Jones||Score Composer|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Amy Roberts||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Don Taylor||Production Designer|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
this movie stirred more emotions than i realized that i had. Pete Postlewaite is the man and steven tompkinson is the true reason to watch this film. truely five stars.
I laughed, I cried, I felt angry, I smiled... all the emotions that a father of three can feel are in this film. Highly recommended.
This is an emotionally gripping tale with a great cast and wonderful music. I have been a fan of Pete Postelwaite since his role in The Shipping News, and in Brassed Off he tops that performance by far. I'd never seen or heard of Tara Fitzgerald before but wow. I'm smitten! And, of course, all the girls will say the same about Ewan McGregor. The music by the real Grimethorpe Colliery Band is terrific and should be an eye opener for Americans not familiar with the British brass band genre. My only disappointment was the use of The William Tell Overture as it was used in the film. It was well played, of course, but I don't believe that it would ever be used in the finals of the nationwide brass band competition in Britain. An effort to enthrall the general movie going audience, I suppose, at the expense of brass band purists. Nevertheless, a great movie.
I love this movie because, as a wind player, I loved the music they played. It has really good acting from Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald. I recommend this movie to everyone.
I had to watch the flic for school. It was boring and the only good bit was watching that fella form Star Wars get flogged at 8-ball. Dont watch this anyone.
In all honesty, I rented Brassed Off! the other night because I saw Ewan McGregor on the cover. (I'm a huge fan.) However, as my roommates and I watched it this afternoon, I found myself cheering the Grimley Colliery Band along, and clenching my fists when the mine was facing closure. This movie is highly emotional, and, as a future band director, it satisfied my need for true band music (I especially enjoyed the ''Florentiner March''...the song they played at the Semi-Finals) and my desire for emotion in a movie like this. It was one of the sweetest movies in a long time, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a love story interspersed with the harshness of everyday life. Go out and rent it right now!