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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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 Gardeners' World (1968) 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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1 September 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

....and for one reason only, it didn't do what every single brit com, has done this year, in fact every one since i can remember has done. Whats that you ask? SHOWN EVERY SINGLE FUNNY BIT IN THE TRAILER. ok so the yanks do it a hell of a lot too but we British seem very guilty of it. anyway i've got that off my chest now so i'll continue. I went into this film with fairly low expectations, coz there were few funny bits in the trailer so i figured thats all it has to offer, and i came out with that warmish glow inside, you know that one you get when you've seen a really 'nice' film.Yes this film is nice, its one of those that makes you go awwwww, especially if you stay right to the very end of the credits, and once you have finished laughing James Nesbit's wig you'll realize this. Cattaneo has but together a superb supporting cast especially in Tim Spall and Christopher Plummer who both do superb turns. Go and see this film if you just want to see something you'll come out feeling nice after


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