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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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James 'Jimmy' Hands / Lord Nelson in Show
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Annabel Sweep / Lady Hamilton in Show
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Cliff Gumbell
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Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
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Rudy 'Rud' Guscott / Hardy in Show
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Mr. Perry, the Guard
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John Toombes
Raymond Waring ...
Darren
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Graham Mortimer
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Paul Dean
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Officer George Barratt
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Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara ...
Ward
Andy Linden ...
Kenny
Ram John Holder ...
Old Billy Morris
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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

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19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Our Lucky Break  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£348,613 (UK) (24 August 2001)

Gross:

$54,606 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
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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 »

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References Gardeners' World (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Business Like Show Business
(1946)
Written by Irving Berlin
© Irving Berlin Music Corp.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Ken Barry/Bob Saker/Carl Wayne
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That Lord Nelson.
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

It was probably made to capitalize on the well-deserved success of the "Full Monty" :both films have a lot in common ;proles / prisoners setting a show up.

The major drawback is Christopher Plummer's part :it's really underwritten and the scenarists obviously favored James Nesbitt's role.Too bad for the "show " sequences are the best in the whole film but we do not laugh enough.Lord Nelson's and "that" Lady Hamilton's song is deliciously stupid and provides a great moment of fun.The inmates ironically singing "we're going home" is a hilarious scene too.

But it seems that the director could not make up his mind :he hesitates between comedy and drama:the sadistic warden is a cliché ,as old as the hills in what is finally a prison movie.

Watchable but the screenplay was not fully exploited.


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