As shameless and manipulative a tearjerker as any Hollywood fable of the no-hope underdog who wins the impossible win, this Yorkshire-set tale of political perfidy and the triumph of the common man spreads a thin layer of
mining-town grit over the feel-good formula and pretends to be tough. No one will be fooled. Retired miner Danny (Pete Postlethwaite) lives to lead the Grimley Colliery Band, whose members are drawn from the ranks of local pit workers. He's got his eyes on a national brass band competition at
London's Royal Albert Hall, but his musicians have more pressing worries: The Grimley mine is slated to close, which will leave them all jobless and with lit...