|Director/Writer:|| Mark Herman|
|Director of Photography:||Andy Collins|
|Production Designer:||Don Taylor|
|Miramax; R; 107 minutes|
|Cast:||Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor and Stephen Tompkinson |
Though contrived and maudlin, Brassed Off
offers some knee-slapping laughs and a pointed commentary on a Thatcherite policy that threw scores of coal miners out of work. The folks in Grimley, a fictional British coal-mining town in 1992, are justifiably aroused that their town is a target of the government's pit-closure program. The town's pride, the Grimley Colliery Brass Band, holds the community together and lifts its spirits in the face of desolation. Postlethwaite gives an in-your-face, passionate performance as the bandleader stricken with black-lung disease.