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Greenfingers -- 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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Clive Owen ... Colin Briggs

Helen Mirren ... Georgina Woodhouse

David Kelly ... Fergus Wilks

Warren Clarke ... Governor Hodge

Danny Dyer ... Tony

Adam Fogerty ... Raw

Paterson Joseph ... Jimmy

Natasha Little ... Primrose Woodhouse

Peter Guinness ... Dudley

Lucy Punch ... Holly
Sally Edwards ... Susan Hodge

Donald Douglas ... Nigel
Kevin McMonagle ... Laurence
Julie Saunders ... Sarah

Jordan Maxwell ... John (as Jorden Maxwell)
David Lyon ... Home Secretary
Jan Chappell ... Peggy Tortworth

Timothy Carlton ... Hampton Court Official
Sudha Bhuchar ... Prison Board Official
Ian East ... Prison Board Official
Paul Ridley ... Prison Board Official
Brenda Cowling ... Book Shop Customer

Charles De'Ath ... Julian
T.R. Bowen ... Royal Horticultural Society President (as Trevor Bowen)
Lindsay Swan ... Royal Horticultural Society Publicist

Cate Fowler ... Nurse
Chris Barnes ... Reporter
Emily Stott ... Interviewer
Elwin 'Chopper' David ... Bodybuilder (as Elwyn A. David)
James Woolley ... Parole Judge (as James Wooley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dominic Frisby ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Hershman 
Writing credits
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Joel Hershman  written by

Produced by
Trudie Styler .... producer
Travis Swords .... producer
Kevan Van Thompson .... co-producer
Daniel J. Victor .... executive producer
Daniel J. Victor .... producer
Original Music by
Guy Dagul 
Cinematography by
John Daly (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
Justin Krish 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
Tim Hutchinson 
Art Direction by
Neesh Ruben 
Costume Design by
Frances Tempest 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Nelson .... makeup trainee
Dorka Nieradzik .... hair designer
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer
Moira Thomson .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Daniels .... first assistant director
Barney Hughes .... assistant director
Kevin Westley .... assistant director
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction manager
Dominic Byles .... stand-by props
Barny Crocker .... art department assistant
Patrick Duncan-Burgess .... dressing props
Doug Irvine .... property master
Paul Kearney .... store man
Paul Ladd .... stand-by stagehand
Sarah Lovett .... dressing props
Ian Richards .... stand-by painter
William Stickley .... stand-by carpenter
Ricky Vivian .... stand-by props
Iain White .... assistant art director
Brian Winterborn .... production buyer
Ian Zawadzki .... stand-by painter (As Ian Richards)
Sound Department
Kevin Brazier .... supervising sound editor
Ben Brookes .... boom operator
Dave Croft .... foley mixer
Graham Daniel .... re-recording mixer
Rick Dunford .... dialogue editor
Mark Hackett .... foley artist
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Blair Jollands .... sound effects editor
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
Ray Merrin .... re-recording mixer
Derek Norman .... sound
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Alan Sallabank .... adr mixer
Richard Street .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects
Steve Dent .... stunt coordinator
Rob Inch .... stunts
Peter White .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera: dailies
Andrew Banwell .... clapper loader
Ian Barwick .... generator operator
Nick Cawley .... camera trainee
Ptolemy Christie .... electrician
Andy Laenen .... electrician
Dave Le Bon .... electrician
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator (as Vincent McGahon)
Kevin McMorrow .... gaffer
Inga Middleton .... still photographer
Stephen Morley .... still photographer: art department
Roberta Parkin .... still photographer
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician
Gary Pocock .... grip
Russell Prosser .... stand-by rigger
Mitch Spooner .... best boy
Steve Wallace .... focus puller
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Gaby Kester .... casting assistant
Ray Knight .... crowd casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Polly Bell .... wardrobe trainee
Day Murch .... wardrobe assistant
Shirley Nevin .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Sarah Bhathena .... post-production assistant
Carlos Domeque .... second assistant editor
Laurie McDowell .... first assistant editor
Brad Rohrer .... post-production assistant
Saska Simpson .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Simon Crook .... location manager
Ben Rimmer .... location manager
Music Department
Bill Coleman .... music contributor
Guy Dagul .... music programmer
Roger King .... music mixer
Roger King .... music programmer
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Other crew
Emily Bullock .... production secretary
Terry Connors .... production accountant
Paula Deitz .... creative consultant
Timothy Easthill .... assistant accountant (as Timothy C. Easthill)
Tom Lucy .... fight arranger
Hermione Ninnim .... production coordinator
Nicky Waltham .... production runner
Andrew Woods .... production runner

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Also Known As:
"Jailbuds" - Europe (English title) (DVD box title)
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Rated R for language and some sexuality
91 min | Spain:93 min
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The film is based on inmates of Her Majesty's Prison Leyhill which is located in Cotswold.See more »
Factual errors: After the men lose the competition, they are invited to meet Her Majesty, and one of the officials says "Yes, HRH!" Which stands for His or Her Royal Highness, which could mean Charlels, Wills, Kate, Harry, etc.. BUT The Queen is Her Majesty - hence, she would be "H.M."See more »
Fergus Wilks:[Waking up and seeing the flower on the nightstand, then seeing Colin] What's that old thing doing back here?
Colin:It wasn't ready for the outside world.
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53 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Makes me want to run out & buy some soil, 5 August 2002
Author: Boyo-2

"The Full Monty" seems to have grown another sprout.

As far as I am concerned, the British can make a dozen of these a year, and I will happily see every single one of them. Sentiment in the hands of someone who will not hit you over the head with that sentiment is much welcomed. Emotions expressed on the screen are always better in small doses, and for my money, that doesn't have better representation onscreen than the aforementioned "A Full Monty", "Brassed Off", "Billy Elliot" and now "Greenfingers."

Clive Owen plays Colin Briggs, a man imprisoned for a crime he will not discuss. He thinks of himself as a prisoner and nothing else. When he is released, he commits a much smaller crime in order to get back into prison. He is comfortable in prison and may not feel he has much identity outside prison walls.

Colin is moved to a progressive prison where trust is the main thing. There are no wired fences but if you disobey the rules, you can go back to being familiar with wired fences in a hurry. He is given the opportunity to learn something but Colin has given up on life so he takes whatever job they give him, and of course he hates it.

One day his elderly cellmate, Fergus Wilks (played by David Kelly, from "Waking Ned Devine") gives him flower seeds. Colin plants them almost as an afterthought and probably just to shut up the friendly, outgoing Fergus. He is amazed to find that the flowers have grown, and grown beautifully.

Through a couple of twists, other prisoners along with Colin are given the task of growing and designing a garden on the prison grounds. They are reluctant to do this 'woman's work' but are soon immersed in the project. Colin especially has found his true calling in life - gardening. The next time he is called in front of the parole board, he expresses that he is no longer a prisoner, he is a gardener. He's a gardener.

Through some more twists, the prisoners meet Georgina Woodhouse, a renowned gardening expert. She takes on the guys as proteges and arranges for them to grow a garden at a nearby estate. Meanwhile, Colin gets the chance to romance Georgina's daughter, whose first misfortune was having Georgina for a Mother, and being called 'Primrose', a name she naturally despises.

The prisoners enter the race to win the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the best show in the world. This is where a couple of plot twists turn out to be a bit far-fetched and heavy-handed, as one of more likable prisoners has likely stolen from the estate they are working at, and subsequently leaves the prison. You don't get any follow-up to his story or find out what may have happened to him until the very end, and even then, its not enough.

Suffice to say, it has a satisfying ending. Maybe not the most satisfying ending, but like I said, let's leave the obvious to the American moviemakers.

Clive Owen is remarkable as Colin. He's a no-tricks type actor, he has no tricks up his sleeve. He pretty much lays it on the line. He doesn't overdo any of the aspects of Colin's personality at all. He is totally rude to Fergus to begin with and does not have one friend, but as he explained, he's nothing more than a prisoner. Now that he's found something new and valuable in his life, he is able to open up to the other guys, and to have his romance with Primrose, which by the way is not tacked on so as to please the audience members who like that sort of thing. Both people are more needy than they know so it seems natural that they would gravitate to one another.

I have to mention one very sweet scene - Colin is feeding some of the plants, and he's giving them a pep talk. He tells them that although they are going to the best flower show in the world, that they deserve to be there as much as the other flowers, and that they will make him proud. Just so touching, so revealing, so well done like 95% of the rest of the movie.

Helen Mirren as Georgina Woodhouse adds her customary expert performance. Danny Dyer as Tony, Adam Fogerty (he was in "Brassed Off" and played Gorgeous George in "Snatch") and David Kelly are perfect.

So sorry that others are too cynical to gain any enjoyment from this, but I loved it and that's a great feeling. 8/10.

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