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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 overview, first billed only:
Emma Gilmour ...
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Stern Woman
Iain Mitchell ...
Tribunal Chairman
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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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the roof scenes crossing over to the bank, the ventilation tower of the Mersey Tunnel is clearly visible. It is a Liverpool landmark. See more »


[after seeing Emma in the mirror naked]
Simon Garden: You've got a lovely little pu... cat
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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 Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »


Bubble Bath
(The Wiseguys Remix)
Performed by 10¢
Written by Shawn Calizo, Tina Link, Phil Hartman (as Phil E. Hartman), John King (as John Robert King),
Michael Simpson
Published by Quaddel-B Publishing, Oak Bar Music Publishing and Universal-MCA Music Publishing
A Division of Universal Studios, Inc on behalf of itself and Dust Brothers Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mammoth Records/Ideal Records
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Great fun,one of the funniest films I've seen this year
27 August 2001 | by (Middlesbrough,England) – See all my reviews

The Parole Officer marks Steve Coogan's entrance into the world of cinema and what an entrance it is.In probation officer Simon Garden,Coogan has created a character that we genuinely want to win.We want him to defeat the bad guys but never during its entire running time do we want to BE him.

Simon means well but always manages to get himself in embarrassing situations.And when he gets himself in these situations,he just digs himself deeper and deeper into them.The basic plot is already known so I don't need to type that out.However,there was an amazing car crash near the beginning that I wasn't expecting.

I don't want to go into more detail cos I will probably ruin all the best bits for you.Another thing,one of the major problems I had with comedies of 2000(Road Trip,Meet the Parents etc.) was that the trailers gave all the best bits away.Luckily,The Parole Officer doesn't suffer from this problem and doesn't even mention the scene in a museum that had me in stitches.If you get the chance to see The Parole Officer,go see it.I guarantee you won't regret it.

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