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  • Actors: John Gregson, Meg Buchanan, Andrew Keir, Fulton Mackay, Jack Stewart
  • Directors: Philip Leacock, Laurence Henson, Martin Smith
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Panamint Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2014
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JKOKW4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"The Brave Don't Cry" (1952) a reconstruction of a disaster at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery in 1950, dramatises the tense events of the rescue of miners trapped underground after a pit shaft was flooded and nine men were lost. The difficult and dangerous rescue of all the survivors was made though abandoned workings full of gas. After some concern about a film based on a recent tragedy there was general agreement that the subject had been handled with sensitivity and dignity. The film features actors from the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre. Originally to be titled "What God Forgot", it was premiered under its new title at the Edinburgh Film Festival in August 1952, with an invited audience of miners. It was also shown at the Venice Film Festival that year. "Documenting John Grierson". Bill Paterson narrates Hopscotch Films production of the life and work of the documentary pioneer, shown on BBC Scotland. Features interviews with many he influenced, including Alfred Hitchcock. "The Terrible Price". An independently produced documentary, screened by BBC2 Wales, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Gresford mining disaster in which 266 miners lost their lives. Producer: Martin Smith. Camera: Benedict Smith. Editor Shelagh Brady. Consultant: Stanley Williamson. Includes 30 minutes of material not screened by the BBC. Copyright © Starlock Pictures Ltd MMIV.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2014
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'The Brave Don't Cry' is a British film released in 1952. The film depicts events at Knockshinnoch Castle colliery in Ayrshire in 1950, not long after the mine had been taken over by the NCB. A landslide trapped 129 men, and despite two desperate days' effort by rescuers, 13 were lost. The film, made by the short-lived Group 3 project, used actors from the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in most roles and tried to add realism by giving the film the feel of a documentary's direct reportage, using no background music. It shows rescue parties being formed, the desperate wait of the families, and the courage and ingenuity of the rescuers, even using the faces of real mining folk. It is very careful to be accurate and is quite well-made, in my opinion.
John Gregson, then as popular and likeable as Kenneth More, starred and co-directed the film. Fulton Mackay, who played Dan Wishart in the film, became much better known later as Mr Mackay, the prison officer in Porridge.
The film is interesting as an account of real-life events and a way of life now disappeared, in the UK, at least. The sense of a community welded by hardship, danger and suffering is very well done, only very occasionally OTT. It has dated, of course, but it is a decent film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Fulton on 2 Oct. 2014
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This video was based on the Knockshinnoch pit disaster which was at New Cumnock, i live in the village and had relations in the actual event and also worked in the coal industry myself for over 30 years so this film was quite moving for me.
It shows the real cost of coal mining not the money side of it. These were REAL men doing a very hard and dangerous job and unfortunately some miners didn't come home at the end of their shift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deeds on 14 Dec. 2014
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