Critic's Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Gets bogged down in sentimentality."

Stephen Hunter - Style section, "Now and then the movie will absolutely stop dead."

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'Brassed Off'

Scene from this movie In this English yarn, thick with northern working-class brogue, a group of brass-playing coal miners fight off the threat of a pit closure to enter a national music competition. If there is one entity that has withstood the test of time, it has been the Grimley Colliery Band. Over the years, generations of miners have found time, dedication and small change to keep the band going, no matter how dire the times.

But now, in 1992, coal no longer fuels the British economy. And to the consternation of band leader Danny, this looks like the end of everything. With no jobs, thereíll be no band. The musicians, from old guard Harry to youngest member Andy, prepare for the worst. But Danny isnít going to let a major, community-wide catastrophe stop him from entering a nationwide battle of the bands. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Mark Herman
Cast: Peter Postlethwaite; Tara Fitzgerald; Ewan McGregor; Jim Carter;
Peter Gunn; Stephen Tompkinson
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Filmographies: Peter Postlethwaite; Ewan McGregor