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

Genres:

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

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,028 (UK) (10 August 2001)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

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

Quotes

Simon Garden: I've got to go back.
George: Never go back.
Simon Garden: I left the tape.
George: In that case, go back.
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Shopping
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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Only average for a British comedy, which makes it brilliant relative to American ones.
11 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a British comedy I would rate this as pretty ordinary, just because I hold their comedies up to very high standards and this is only average in that universe. Compared to American comedies, this is probably a solid ten , so I'm averaging it out to an eight.

It's worth watching, because there are a lot of laugh out loud moments, although, at the same time, many of the jokes fall flat. The plot overall is good, while being a bit uneven, but it redeems any failings with some unexpected twists. Some people might not be comfortable watching this movie with children because of a few mildly sexually explicit scenes.

My summary is that I don't regret the time lost to this film, I just think it had a lot more potential.


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