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The Big Brass Ring (1999)

R | | Drama | 23 June 2000 (Spain)
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Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become Governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ... See full summary »

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Orson Welles (earlier screenplay), Oja Kodar (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Blake
Nigel Hawthorne ... Kim
Miranda Richardson ... Dinah
Irène Jacob ... Cela (as Irene Jacob)
Ewan Stewart ... Kinzel
Gregg Henry ... Billy
Ron Livingston ... Sheldon Buckle
Jefferson Mays ... Garne Strickland
Jim Metzler ... Pacxy Barragan
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Young Billy
Thomas Patrick Kelly Thomas Patrick Kelly ... Young Blake
Mack Harrell Mack Harrell ... Homer Dix
Lisette Bross ... B.C. Dix
F. Joseph Schulte F. Joseph Schulte ... Senator Jack Moorehead
Peggy Freisen Peggy Freisen ... Gigi Moorehead (as Peggy Friesen)
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Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become Governor of the state of Missouri. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him. Will the truth ruin his chances for office or will he land the "Big Brass Ring"? Written by Michael Presky

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Taglines:

You can't buy absolution...What you seek is something that can only be given. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality, and for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

23 June 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy rézgyûrû See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Millennium Films, Pfilmco See more »
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to co-writer F.X. Feeney: "On the surface, it is a very free adaptation. Underneath, it is highly faithful. Orson Welles' original script was set in Spain and the Congo. We set ours along the Mississipi and in Cuba. Nevertheless, the characters have kept their original names and essential personalities through the many adaptations George Hickenlooper and I devised (whether separately or together) between 1991 and '98." See more »

Goofs

Despite both gubernatorial candidates apparently being from Missouri, they sport deep south accents. This is never explained. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kim: Abraham Lincoln said it best: it is common enough that we triumph under adversity, but if you truly wish to test a man's character, give him power.
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References Campanadas a medianoche (1965) See more »

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Fallen Angels
Composed and Performed by Bill Boll
Courtesy of Headmaster Music
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Can you spell DUD?
21 February 2005 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Big Brass Ring" tells of a Missouri gubernatorial candidate (Hurt) who find himself haunted by guilt, stalked by a beautiful reporter, and the possible target of an assassination plot. A blotch on "Singblade" director Hickenlooper's resume coming on the heels of a worthy little indie "Dogtown", this tale of redemption and regret loses it humanness in a circus of pompous dialogue, overwrought histrionics, vague noir ambiance, and disjointed editing. In spite of fine performances and filming, "The Big Brass Ring" can't manage one believable character much less one reason to care leaving only a sense of detached ambivalence and confusion. A very attractive but passable DVD watch for fans of the players only. (C)


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