Brassed Off
Brassed Off (1997)

Set in Yorkshire, this socially conscious British comedy-drama centers on a small coal town and the famed brass band that is its pride and joy. When the conservative government threatens to close the town's coal pit, the citizens debate… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 23, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Writer/director Herman pulls off a popular, proletarian comedy which might actually appeal to the people it's about.

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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

A shining ensemble cast that hits all the right notes makes Brassed Off toot sweet.

Quentin Curtis
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It survives through its never-failing sense of humour and the fact that by its loving depiction of alternative values -- of warmth and community -- to the ones it assaults, you feel it has earned the right to turn attacker.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Brassed Off'' is a sweet film with a lot of anger at its core.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Shamelessly manipulative and sentimental, but in an agreeably familiar way.

Michael Dequina

An accessible, entertaining package that is at once formulaic and cliché-busting.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The characters are beautifully drawn in this bittersweet melodrama written and directed by Mark Herman.

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Entertainment Weekly

The cast is ardent as all get-out, but the most authentic emotional lift comes from the real-life Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, blowing their hearts out.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Touching story is a good early showcase for McGregor

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Quaint little story about miners from a Northern England town losing their quarry but finding unity in their brass band. Apparently it's a true story, the… More
Michael S
One of the best FEEL GOOD movies ever made. On par with the Full Monty. A complete gem.
Dan Schultz
A lovable, if formulaic and slightly predictable, film concerning a dying town in England which has been ravaged by poor politicians, and how the citizens there… More
Candy Rose
Movie about a brass band against the backdrop of coal mining.
Lanning : )
All band music fans must see this. Reminds me of a cross between <i>Billy Elliot</i> and <i>Drumline</i>. Coal may be dead, but music… More
jay nixon
lovely little gem with wonderful brass band score