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Saving Grace (2000)

A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Harvey
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Quentin
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Vicar
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Honey
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Margaret
Linda Kerr Scott ...
Diana
Denise Coffey ...
Mrs Hopkins
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Charlie
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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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Grace's doctor is worried about the state of her joints... See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£402,915 (UK) (19 May 2000)

Gross:

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

When Dr. Bamford (Martin Clunes) and two townsmen witness the extreme phosphorescent lighting at Grace's (Brenda Blethyn) hothouse, the two townsmen want to call the local police and the RAF, for fear about Grace's well-being. Dr. Bamford discourages them, and advises then that Grace is helping apply her special growing techniques to certain medicinal plants. The townsmen ask Dr. Bamford whether he ever tried the plants, and he allows that he did, once, while in college, but he didn't inhale. That is an obvious allusion to former President Clinton, who famously indicated he tried marijuana during his Rhodes Scholar years in England, but didn't inhale. 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

Grace Trevethyn: That's my Doctor. This one's my Gardner.
Jacques Chevalier: Oh nice. Are you expecting anybody else... your cleaning lady perhaps?
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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

References Diva (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine at Last
Written by Graeme Kyle, Andy Jones, Steve Large and Save Farrell
Performed by Koot
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The kind of film Hollywood would never dare make
29 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I just thought it was excellent and I still do. I'm grateful we're still able to see different stuff from what Hollywood almost floods us with. Saving Grace is smart and enjoyable - those who feel offended by the marijuana thing better go see the America's bride sort of movie.

Saving Grace also shows that a funny movie doesn't have to be stupid. I was laughing my ass off during most of it but also pondering questions about what was the female lead character supposed to do to pay her deceased husband's debts.

In a nutshell - a witty storyline with typical English humour and good acting and directing. You couldn't ask for more.

7/10.


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