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The Parole Officer (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  10 August 2001 (UK)
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A failed parole officer framed for murder must enlist the help of his former clients to clear his name.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Simon Garden
Emma Gilmour ...
Secretary
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Stern Woman
Iain Mitchell ...
Tribunal Chairman
James Smith ...
Tribunal Man
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George
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Jeff
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Colin
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Kirsty
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Inspector Burton
Bruce McGregor ...
First Policeman
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Emma
Justin Burrows ...
Mills
Marc Goodhall ...
Death / Student (as Marc Goodall)
Clive Kneller ...
Deacon
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Storyline

Failed parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police officers. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma (Lena Headey), Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name. Written by Anon

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Fighting crime the only way he knows how. Badly. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Das B-Team: Beschränkt und auf Bewährung  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,028 (UK) (10 August 2001)

Gross:

£3,214,144 (UK) (14 September 2001)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The stuffed koala with the drugs in it is a reference to director John Duigan's Australian background. It was originally to be a rabbit, so the ears of the stuffed toy could be seen peeping out of the top of Inspector Burton's bag. See more »

Goofs

A car disappears from behind Simon as he rings George's doorbell. See more »

Quotes

Simon Garden: [Trying to bribe the gunmen on the roof] 'OK, look. Er, in my wallet I've got forty pounds, that's twenty each!'
[Sounding to be a great deal and holds the money up enticingly]
Simon Garden: 'I've also got a cashcard here; the daily limit is two hundred, of which I've withdrawn forty, you've got that.'
[Like a gameshow host: 'you're prizes are safe']
Simon Garden: 'Now, the pin number; it's the Battle of Hastings... '
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During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie See more »

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References The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Got No - I Got Life
Performed by Nina Simone
Written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni
Published by EMI United Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of RCA Records/BMG Entertainment
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Conventional feelgood caper movie, unconventional lead character
25 August 2002 | by (Australia City) – See all my reviews

You've seen similar plots, characters, tension/release "will the good guys prevail against unbelievable odds" elements if you've seen any movies at all. But you probably haven't seen too many lead characters like Steve Coogan's rather ungifted parole officer in this.

Coogan specialises in 'little' English characters (though quite a diverse range over his career) - graceless, irritating, of terrific drive but little achievement, and prone to finding the greatest possible embarrassment and humiliation in any situation. They're somewhat like Michael Palin's favourite type of characters (if you know Eric Olthwaite from the TV series "Ripping Yarns" that's probably one of his) but Palin had more affection for them as a rule.

Somewhat unusually for Coogan he displays a certain affection for his parole officer here - he has his triumphs - but this is a more conventional kind of entertainment than Coogan is normally prone to.

It really is just a feelgood comedy caper movie, with a stand-out lead character, but the feelgood stuff is done pretty slickly, and the protagonist is invariably hilarious - Coogan is funny every time he puts himself at the centre of a scene.

I can understand why other long-term Coogan fans are surprised or disappointed about the conventional nature of this movie, as opposed to his TV work. But I think "The Parole Officer" achieves everything it intended to. Steve Coogan is an exceedingly talented man.


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