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Colin Randall Brassed off (43) RE: Brassed off 27 Jan 11

A few years ago, I interviewed Melanie Hill, who played - as it were - Mrs Coco the Scab, for a Sunderland football site I run (she's from there originally), and this passage from the resulting article deals with that great speech in Brassed Off:

" Virtually the whole cast, Melanie recalls, was in tears when Peter Postlethwaite recorded, in one take, that thundering speech in the Royal Albert Hall after rising from his sick bed to lead the doomed colliery's brass band to victory in a national competition."

Though, as mentioned in the piece, a friend of mine with impeccable North-eastern credentials, and mining in the family, has always thought the film grossly sentimental and manipulative. I disagree: it is one of the few films I could watch over and again (and do).

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