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Greenfingers (2000)

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A prison inmate with a green thumb goes on to compete in a national gardening competition. Based on a true story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Briggs
Georgina Woodhouse
Fergus Wilks
Governor Hodge
Natasha Little ...
Primrose Woodhouse
Sally Edwards ...
Susan Hodge
Donald Douglas ...
Kevin McMonagle ...
Julie Saunders ...
John (as Jorden Maxwell)


Clive Owen stars as a prison inmate who goes into an experimental "open" prison where the inmates walk around freely and get job training for their impending releases. While there, he discovers he has a talent for growing flowers. His talent is recognized by a gardening guru who encourages him and four other inmates to enter a national gardening competition. Written by Greg Bulmash <>

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Based on a true story See more »


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bašta za zatvorenike  »

Box Office


£5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$65,584 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$1,439,287 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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The film is based on inmates of Her Majesty's Prison Leyhill which is located in Cotswold. See more »


Towards the end of the movie when Colin is walking with Primrose through to the garden in the competition, she is/is not wearing a necklace between shots. See more »


Colin: Roses are red, violets are blue. I'm about to f*** up. So what else is new?
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Written by Johann Strauß Sr. (as Johann Strauss)
Performed by Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards (as The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards)
By permission of Colonel EBL Armistead OBE Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Coldstream Guards
Director of Music: Major DJ Marshall ARCM LTCL BBCM psm
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Lust in the Greenhouse
19 September 2001 | by (Calne, England) – See all my reviews

Actually, I can't recall any scene with greenhouse naughtiness, but there is plenty of gardening and a smattering of lustiness. True story or otherwise, this is my favourite British film for a couple of years, including last year's boy in the ballet flick. It's got that expected gentleness in the tale, in spite of the prison setting, but it seems so well made that I forgave its overly romanticised telling. David Kelly, as the terminally ill serial wife killer, was quite superb. I suppose I am being too fanciful to expect him to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination next year, but he certainly deserves it. The rest of the male cast did an adequate job, whilst Helen Mirren shone as the expert gardener. Finally, I have to mention Lucy Punch, if only to say that I was disappointed her part was not as enlarged as her midriff became. 7/10. A film which interested me from start to finish.

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