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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"

Genres:

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 London's Burning (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

There Is Nothin' Like a Dame
(1949)
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Christopher Plummer/Ken Barry/Bob Saker/Carl Wayne
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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.


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