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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:
Governor Hodge
Primrose Woodhouse
Sally Edwards ...
Susan Hodge
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 <greg@imdb.com>

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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:

Jardinage à l'anglaise  »

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Box Office


£1,365,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,584, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,439,287, 11 November 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is filmed at the world-renowned music school, the Yehudi Menuhin School. 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: The name's Fingers... Greenfingers.
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All I Want Is You
Words by Bono
Music by U2
Performed by U2
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Universal - Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Film and TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Pleasant feel-good-movie
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

When this movie finally premiered in Sweden (Feb -03) it didn't get that good reviews. Me and my friends were planning to see "My big fat Greek wedding", but it was sold-out, and we agreed to see "Greenfingers". I've enjoyed Clive Owens performances in "Tanner" and "Gosford park" before, and hoped he would be equally good here. He was. I have to say that he is an awesome actor, with an amazing face. He's got that hard Pacino-face, excellent.

Anyway, we didn't have our hopes up about the film, but what a gem! Really warm, beautiful sceneries, great characters and a splendid sound track. I have a little garden of my own that I usually do nothing about, but this film made me want to grow all sorts of things. Don't miss this movie, it's really great, and David Kellys "Fergus" is a character you do want to see...

I hope that Clive Owen will have a long, successful career.

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