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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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Jacques (as Tcheky Karyo)
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China
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Vince
Valerie Edmond ...
Nicky
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Clive Merrison ...
Quentin
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Honey
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Linda Kerr Scott ...
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Mrs. Hopkins
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Storyline

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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardín de la alegría  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£402,915 (UK) (19 May 2000)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Grace is cleaning up in the kitchen and talking to Harvey after the funeral, a mishap between them causing an empty plate to smash on the floor after she just picked up two stacked plates with left-overs from the table. In the next two close-up shots she doesn't set down those plates, but in the following wider shot as she picks up the pieces and stands up, they are back on the table and she picks them up again. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I'm glad to see she's keeping up the village tradition of total contempt for the law.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Grandma's Boy (2006) See more »

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Might As Well Go Home
Written by S. Tolson-Clarke, S. Cole and S. Carr
Performed by Plenty
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Drug trafficking, the elegant way.
21 December 2003 | by (Hong Kong, China) – See all my reviews

What is so startling to me is the number of comments here. How come, 93! The film has utterly fallen into obscurity in town. I just by chance popped by a VCD shop, which is on sale, and so fortunately to have picked up this hilarious movie (73pence or US$1.29 ^_^).

The film title is just funny enough to make you associate the story with it.

Grace, played by the versatile actress Brenda Blethyn, was in financial trouble. And this small and elegant English village lady cannot but save herself by a not-so-elegant trade through the help of her own gardener and her late husband's unseen mistress in London.

I especially like the daredevil scene when Grace is fully dressed up touting her masterpiece cannabis (cultured in her own green house) to the undesirable figures in sleazy areas in London. Her act is comical, prudent and daring at the same time. I find it hard to imagine a well-dressed and French speaking Chinese grandma would approach me touting home-made grass so reeklessly in Wanchai or Mongkok.

English humour or European subtlety can never be reproduced by Hollywood, the air, the smell, everything belongs to the Brits and Europeans. Lovely small production with bold attempt.


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