Saving Grace (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  1 September 2000 (USA)
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A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Chevalier (as Tcheky Karyo)
China MacFarlane
Valerie Edmond ...
Clive Merrison ...
Quentin Rhodes
Rev. Gerald Percy
Honey Chambers
Margaret Sutton
Linda Kerr Scott ...
Diana Skinner
Denise Coffey ...
Mrs. Hopkins


A widow discovers after her husband's suicide that he has mortgaged everything they own and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Enter her gardener, who is struggling to make a few marijuana plants grow in a hidden location and suggests that she use her green house to help grow the plants and sell them to make the money both need. He is wanting to get married, but needs capital. What he doesn't know is that his girl friend is pregnant and thus fears that they will be busted for growing marijuana. While supposedly working, the whole village is well aware of the endeavor and is hoping for their success. When the plants come in, Grace takes the crop to London and tries to sell it to a ruthless, but charming drug dealer. Everything busts loose from there. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardín de la alegría  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£402,915 (UK) (19 May 2000)


$12,115,757 (USA) (13 October 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the marijuana plants used in the shooting were real. The British government gave permission to the filming crew the use of 150 marijuana plants, under supervision of the authorities. This meant that the plants had someone guarding them on the set, and watching over its transportation to a nearby storage facility for its safekeeping at night. See more »


The level of Grace's wine when she's talking to her late husband's lover. It goes from half to almost full as the camera switches from a side to a behind view. Also, when the wine is poured, the bottle is not tipped up long enough and it doesn't make a long enough pouring sound to put that much wine in the glass. See more »


Vicar Gerald Percy: I like Matthew. He's a good soul... for a Scotsman.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the movie title appears and then turns to smoke & blows away while you hear someone exhale. See more »


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What British film making is all about . . .
2 August 2000 | by (bristol) – See all my reviews

Great actors, an oscar nominee actress, stunning scenery, good strong story line and more laughs than you can fit into my new handbag (and thats quite big). This film was brilliant. It was beautifully acted in the more serious scenes and the funny moments were . .well, side splitting. I have never heard a cinema audience laugh so much, and tears were streaming down my cheeks during the 'stoned ladies in the tea shop' scene. Well done to the British film industry and to Craig Ferguson whose magic ingredients have made sure this is one of my favourite films of the year, if not of all time.

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