Brassed Off Review
By Christopher Null
Way over-sentimental British nostalgia piece, Brassed Off tells the charming yet unabsorbing plight of late 1980s/early 1990s coal miners who find their mine being closed down. The refuge they take is in their music, a brass band that goes from wretched to fabulous after the arrival of Fitzgerald, who's (surprise) on the team responsible for shutting down their mine. The triumph-over-adversity fable has been done to death, decade after decade, and Brassed Off has little to add to the genre.
Despite years of watching Monty Python, even I had trouble with the thick accents. It's plainly obvious that the actor's aren't playing their instruments, but if you can convince yourself that coal mining is a good thing that should be encouraged at all cost, then this film is for you.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 23rd May 1997
Production compaines: Channel Four Films, Miramax Films, Prominent Features
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 8
Cast & Crew
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, Tara Fitzgerald as Gloria, Ewan McGregor as Andy, Stephen Tompkinson as Phil, Jim Carter as Harry, Philip Jackson as Jim, Peter Martin as Ernie, Sue Johnston as Vera, Mary Healey as Ida, Melanie Hill as Sandra, Lill Roughley as Rita, Peter Gunn as Simmo, Stephen Moore as McKenzie, Kenneth Colley as Greasley, Olga Grahame as Mrs. Foggan