Brassed Off

Released 1996


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Mark Herman
Brassed Off is the acclaimed 1996 romantic dramedy from writer-director Mark Herman (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Little Voice, Purely Belter). Andy (Ewan McGregor, Black Hawk Down) is a boyish mine worker in a town around the north of England. The town is going through hard times and, far worse, rumor has it that the mine will be closed. This, despite its turn of profit. One thing that keeps the miners' spirits up is their very fine brass band, led by Danny (Pete Postlewaite, In the Name of the Father, The Lost World: Jurassic Park). It is Danny's hope to win a major competition in London. But, how can the men concentrate when the fabric of their lives is ripping apart? Enter Vera (Sue Johnston). She is not only a native returning to her home town, but a fine bugler and a businesswoman working on the report to show the company that the mine running nicely in the black. Will the mine be saved?moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Brassed Off is shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    This well-played, often very sparky dramedy about the shenanigans in a northern brass band composed of miners threatened with pit closure gets a bad attack of social realism in the...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    The difficulty is that Brassed Off operates at an emotional pitch that starts at a crescendo and never relents--rendering almost everything equally inconsequential.

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