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...And the Band Played On (1980)

The Shillingbury Blowers (original title)
The equilibrium of a small English village is upset by the arrival of a pop star and his wife. When he takes over the conductorship of the local brass band after the previous conductor ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writer:

Francis Essex (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Trevor Howard ... Saltie
Robin Nedwell ... Peter
Diane Keen ... Sally
Jack Douglas Jack Douglas ... Jake
Sam Kydd ... Reggie
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... Sam
Joe Black Joe Black ... Harvey
Tony Sympson Tony Sympson ... Basil
John Le Mesurier ... Council Chairman
Patrick Newell ... Mr. Meadows
Diana King Diana King ... Mrs. Simpkins
Miles Anderson ... Mr. Fennel
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Storyline

The equilibrium of a small English village is upset by the arrival of a pop star and his wife. When he takes over the conductorship of the local brass band after the previous conductor resigns, he finds a bunch of untalented but touchy old men that need to be whipped into shape and find their own distinctive style. Written by pat evans

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

...And the Band Played On See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inner Circle Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Le Mesurier receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »

Quotes

[at the parish council meeting, the treasurer has announced that tickets worth £114 were sold for the brass band concert]
Mr. Fennel: But that was for sale of tickets, not for the people who actually turned up. There were sixteen in all, and nine of those accounted for the six pound profit at the bar.
Dan 'Saltie' Wicklow: Damn poor turnout.
Council Chairman: Yes but it was still a profit. After all, if there hadn't been a concert, people couldn't have bought tickets not to come.
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Connections

Follows Shillingbury Tales (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

We Plough the Fields and Scatter
(uncredited)
composed by Johann A. P. Schulz
trad.
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Running out of wind
25 November 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Val Guest was running out of wind by the time he made this film.Since the only UK distributor is shown as Independent Television,one must assume that this never received a cinema release.There is a good cast,including Trevor Howard but not really used to good effect.He is the conductor of the village band.It is truly awful so the council decide he must stand down.In his place they appoint a rather unlikely replacement in pop musician,Robin Nedwell.The band take exception to this and with Jack Douglas as ringleader they decide to play staccato.Eventually there is a conciliation between all the parties which results in a rather stunning recitation.If the film is trying to be funny it isn't and if dramatic lacks any real intensity.


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