The Parole Officer (2001)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Simon Garden
Emma Gilmour ...
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Stern Woman
Iain Mitchell ...
Tribunal Chairman
James Smith ...
Tribunal Man
Inspector Burton
Bruce McGregor ...
First Policeman
Justin Burrows ...
Marc Goodhall ...
Death / Student (as Marc Goodall)
Clive Kneller ...


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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Steve Coogan Is....[The Parole Officer] See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,028 (UK) (10 August 2001)


£3,214,144 (UK) (14 September 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Coogan has said that while working in South Asian communities in northern England, that the names of Jenny Agutter and Omar Sharif cut no ice, but that that of Om Puri opened many doors to them. See more »


The canal water is calm after Simon falls into it. See more »


Tribunal Chairman: We talked to your clients, Mr Garden.
Simon Garden: Yeah, they're good people. I used to say to them: "You're half-way up a mountain. Crime is the easy path to the bottom. Responsibility is the hard path to the top. But when you get there it's a great view. Because in every sinner, there's a..."
Stern Woman: [interrupting, impatiently] Thank you Mr Garden.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie See more »


References Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) See more »


Performed by Supersister
Written by Sean Phillips and Tina Peacock
Published by Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd/EMI Music Publising Ltd
Used courtesy of Gut Records Ltd
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My 10th Review: Hugely Enjoyable Caper
15 December 2006 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Best surprise I've had in a long time: funny, sweet, and just well, good. It's not crude, or rude ('cept for a couple of obligatory phallic jokes and a couple of swear words) : it could be Rowan Atkinson in the title role. Here Steve Coogan, for my money, leaves behind the skewering satire and parody that made him a household name and a cult figure on UK television, and by half way through the film develops a character that you root for 100%

Nice storyline, a fun caper, and mixed bag of personalities make this a much better mix than expectations might lead you to believe.

I love Ealing Comedies, and good British comedies like Brassed Off, and thought the recent US remake of the Ladykillers was just about everything you don't want a crime comedy movie to be...

... the thing about the Parole Officer is that it is simply enjoyable; it has great pace, some tension and thrills, good laughs, with enough silliness, and ideas to keep it afloat; but it also has a sweet heart and a decency at its center. We thoroughly enjoyed it: especially the last hour: once Coogan stops trying to prove he can develop figures only to poke fun about - he becomes a really likable character - and that's no bad thing.

It's fun - pure and simple - which is a quality sadly lacking in films these days. Definitely worth viewing.

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