Brassed Off

  • 15
  • Mark Herman (1996)
  • UK / US
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It was almost inevitable that comparisons would be made between this Yorkshire-set drama and The Full Monty. But, whereas The Full Monty was an unashamedly feel-good movie, this is a much less cosy affair, in which the future of an entire community is at stake. There's a certain Ealing-like quality in the way the mining town of Grimley rallies around the colliery's brass band as it progresses to the national finals amid talk of pit closures and redundancies. But there's no coy comedy here. The humour is acerbic and near the knuckle. Also missing is the Capra-esque last act in which the everyday folk triumph over adversity. Instead, there's only the promise of more struggle and the grim realisation that a way of life has gone for ever. The edgy pace writer/director Mark Herman brings to the drama and his presentation of the musical sequences can't be faulted, and he draws remarkable performances from a cast that includes Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Pete Postlethwaite, Tara FitzGerald and Ewan McGregor. Yorkshire, 1992: a colliery band struggles to survive in the face of the Conservative government's proposed pit closures. Spirits are revived, however, when the granddaughter of a former band leader returns to the village to start a new job.

Cast and crew

Cast

Danny
Pete Postlethwaite
Gloria
Tara FitzGerald
Andy
Ewan McGregor
Phil
Stephen Tompkinson
Harry
Jim Carter
Greasley
Kenneth Colley
Simmo
Peter Gunn
Ida
Mary Healey
Sandra
Melanie Hill
Jim
Philip Jackson
Vera
Sue Johnston

Crew

Director
Mark Herman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Film Four Distributors
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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