Lucky Break (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  19 April 2002 (USA)
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Under the leadership of a small-time bank robber, British inmates hatch a plan to escape by staging a musical.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James 'Jimmy' Hands / Lord Nelson in Show
Annabel Sweep / Lady Hamilton in Show
Cliff Gumbell
Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
Rudy 'Rud' Guscott / Hardy in Show
Mr. Perry, the Guard
John Toombes
Raymond Waring ...
Graham Mortimer
Paul Dean
Officer George Barratt
Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara ...
Andy Linden ...
Ram John Holder ...
Old Billy Morris


Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. He convinces the governor to stage a musical in an old chapel next to the prison's outer wall. He rounds up volunteer actors and puts his escape plan into production. Two other barriers, besides the wall, confront him: the arrival of a nasty inmate, John Toombes, who insists on joining the escape, and Jimmy's feelings of attraction for Anabel, a social worker who agrees to appear in the play. Opening night approaches: is this Jimmy's breakout performance? Written by <>

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An escapist comedy from the director of "The Full Monty"


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Our Lucky Break  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£348,613 (UK) (24 August 2001)


$54,606 (USA) (7 June 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we are shown what happens to the escapees, the security guard, and the warden, along with a short piano song by Cliff. See more »


References Gardeners' World (1969) See more »


Written by Bobby Hebb
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
Performed by Timothy Spall
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stupid but fun
4 January 2005 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

Lucky break is stupid. In fact, so stupid it's reasonably laughable. But it's also entertaining. Very entertaining. Filled with great comic sketches, as well as heart-touching moments, this film is definitely worth £3.50 and a bag of extra-large popcorn.

Starting off, two men are arrested, and put into jail, which they find very uncomfortable. They want out. So they hatch a ludicrous scheme that just couldn't work...or could it? Some good acting (espcially by Timothy Spall) leads this film well on it's way to the thumbs up. Funny, touching and hugely, hugely enjoyable, Lucky break should be just the antidote to a long, stressful day.

Overall: **** out of ***** (4 out of 5)

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