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The Parole Officer (2001)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 10 August 2001 (UK)
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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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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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)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

It is never explained how the conspirators have such detailed knowledge about the lay out of the bank. See more »

Quotes

Simon Garden: I saw a man strangle a human being - well, an accountant anyway.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get It On
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Written by Ed Townsend and Marvin Gaye
Published by Jobete Music Co/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Hardly original but certainly entertaining
14 August 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some of the criticism this film has received seems a little unfair. While its concept, plot and characters are not very inventive, the tone of the film works. The humour is often very amusing indeed, and much does amuse in the film. Even the predictable attempts at "Gross-Out" humour work in themselves, if perhaps not in the context of the film.

Questions could be raised about the film's odd mix of styles - the attempts at naturalism and post-modernism, old-fashioned lightweight adventure and Ealing whimsicality - all seem at odds with each other, yet an entertaining film emerges from this. The playing of an impressive cast is sound, with the supporting players, like Om Puri and Ben Miller making the most of limited parts. Stephen Dillane does a steady job as a smug, self-satisfied policeman baddie. I much enjoyed the absurd bit where he laughs maniacally for a while while on TV and the camera zooms into the TV screen Coogan is watching him on. Newcomer Emma Williams is an effective addition to the cast, although she doesn't have all that much to do in plot terms, come to think of it. The finely named Lena Headey is very inoffensive as the "love interest", and thankfully the romance such as it is is light-hearted and made part of the convoluted plot. Perhaps a problem is the excess of characters, a few of whom could be done without. Omar Sharif's cameo was briskly enjoyable, but hardly necessary to the plot, for example. Steve Coogan, so successful on TV with the Alan Partridge character, goes for a more likable, less intricate comic character in this film. He is often excellent, in scenes such as when he does an odd, buffoonish dance in a club. There are plenty of effective little character touches and importantly, one is made to like his character and want him and his "gang" to win out, so to speak, by the end. A film reminiscent of past British Ealing comedies, yet with a fair dose of crudity. In the context of today, this is an impressively funny film, but it does not quite match up to "The Ladykillers" or "The League of Gentlemen", for example. It is slightly overlong, but largely a winning, refreshing minor comedy.


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