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Lucky Break (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 19 April 2002 (USA)
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

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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References South Pacific (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
(1950)
Written by Herb Magidson and Carl Sigman
© Magidson Music Co. Inc./Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc.
By kind permission of Warner/Chapell Music Ltd.
Performed by Prince Buster
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Slow but Sweet Understated Comedy
22 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Repeat-offender Jimmy (James Nesbitt) finds himself doing time after a botched bank job. When the prison warden (Christopher Plummer), an aspiring playwright, proposes that the prison put on a production of his musical, Jimmy and his fellow inmates plan to use the performance as a diversion while they make a get away. Things get complicated, however, when Jimmy falls for the prison's psychologist, Annabel (Olivia Williams). This entertaining black comedy carries some good acting and a marvelously understated sense of humor. The warden's musical, based on the swashbuckling life of Viscount Horatio Nelson, is about as lavish as an elementary school production, and wonderfully dreadful to boot. Although a bit slow at times, patient viewers will find themselves rewarded.


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