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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

Despite the title of the film, Simon Garden is portrayed and referred to as a Probation Officer throughout, which is the correct title for his job in both UK and US law. See more »

Goofs

The ring in the model pig's nose changes from horizontal to vertical before and after the pig is cut in half. The blade would otherwise have had to cut through the ring, which is intact throughout. 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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Features Trumpton (1967) See more »

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Heroes
Performed by David Bowie
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Published by Tintoretto Music (BMI)/RZO Music Ltd, Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc (BMI), Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of RZO Music, Inc
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Wonderfully underrated romp
20 February 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

After mediocre initial reviews, this film could become a cult classic.

It's a 'perfect crime' comedy with hints of 'A Fish called Wanda', and different people will take different things from it. There's high-level slapstick, satire/parody and a lot of Steveish in-humour for die-hard Coogan fans.

The entire plot is unbelievable to a farcical extreme, and every character other than Simon Garden suffers from a lack of depth, but then this was always going to be a Coogan vehicle (Rover 75 V6 with Walnut dash, perhaps) and he makes the transition to big screen star successfully, if reluctantly.

I suspect that as Coogan matures as an actor and relaxes into mainstream life, the Parole Officer's reputation will retroactively improve and in ten years time, this will be seen as a classic British comedy.


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