6.2/10
1,940
34 user 47 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hope (TV Movie 2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The highly ambitious economist Hannah Binnekamp finds herself in an affair with prominent New York banker Ben Elzen. He is even helping her in her fight against the financial world in New ... See full summary »

Director: Erik de Bruyn
Stars: Anne-Marie Alting, Chip Bray, David Corbett
Moos (TV Movie 2016)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Moos' life is all about taking care of her father. When her old friend Sam comes along, he encourages her to start a life of her own, chasing her dreams.

Director: Job Gosschalk
Stars: Hanne Arendzen, Frederik Brom, Lara Coret
Lawless Heart (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three intersecting stories about people whose lives are affected by the death of a gay restaurateur.

Directors: Tom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter
Stars: Douglas Henshall, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When her husband goes missing at the beach, a female professor begins to mentally disintegrate as her denial of his disappearance becomes delusional.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sophie, a writer of racy romance novels, is working on one of her stories in the library, when Eddie overhears her. Sophie, embarrassed by her paralyzed leg from childhood polio, spurns his... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lewin
Stars: Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney
My Future Boyfriend (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An archaeologist (Barry Watson) from 1000 years in the future uncovers a romance novel written in our time. Curious, he journeys back to find out about this thing called "love" from the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lange
Stars: Sara Rue, Barry Watson, Fred Willard
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the late 90's Amsterdam-based writer Gerard F. Zwaen becomes entangled in a plot involving a drugs trafficker, a dodgy tax inspector and an internal affairs agent..

Director: Max Porcelijn
Stars: Peter van de Witte, Ton Kas, Michiel Romeyn
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Four friends steal a valuable statuette for a dangerous black market art dealer, lose it and are forced to play a deadly bluffing game to save their lives.

Director: Paul Rachman
Stars: Olivia Williams, Balthazar Getty, Arly Jover
Two Mothers for Zachary (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the true custody battle in Richmond, Virginia, a grandmother sues her lesbian daughter for custody of her grandson on the grounds her daughter is immoral for living with another ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Vanessa Redgrave, Colleen Flynn
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Documentary about the creation, rise and end of the Dutch ska-music band Doe Maar. After 28 years the members of Doe Maar finally gave permission to create a documentary about the infamous history of the immensely popular 1980s band.

Directors: Patrick Lodiers, Martijn Nijboer
Stars: Jan Hendriks, Ernst Jansz, Henny Vrienten
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Darren
...
Graham Mortimer
...
Paul Dean
...
Officer George Barratt
...
Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara ...
Ward
Andy Linden ...
Kenny
Ram John Holder ...
Old Billy Morris
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Our Lucky Break  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£348,613 (UK) (24 August 2001)

Gross:

$54,606 (USA) (7 June 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
See more »

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 Gardeners' World (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

54-46 Was My Number
(1966)
Written by Toots Hibbert
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great improbable fun
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this romp of nonsense. In fact, we're still singing that crazy "Four Months at Sea" song and laughing about it. Sure, it is improbable, but the actors are obviously having fun, making it such a pleasure to watch. Imagine a bunch of no-talent prisoners attempting a musical to "please" their warden (and escape)? Can they pull it off without killing themselves laughing at their ridiculousness? That's entirely debatable. The songs are catchy, the casting of the musical characters (think con-jobs) hilarious, the costumes.... well, see for yourself. This is one film we are planning to buy and keep. Just what is needed when stuck in lousy winter weather.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Good Idea Bad Execution kmenday
Woah, great film. sam-love
music in the trailer? svetikk2000
Discuss Lucky Break (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?