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One Chance (2013)

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The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent (2007).

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Alessandra
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Gerhardt
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The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent (2007).

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual material. | See all certifications »

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25 October 2013 (UK)  »

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Untitled Paul Potts Project  »

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$33,405 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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$89,722 (USA) (7 November 2014)
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The scene where Paul sings at the British talent show "Britains Got Talent" is actual footage of the judges and the audience. With some clever editing, Paul Potts is replace with James Corden on stage. See more »

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Where Paul is waiting for Julz as she finishes work, as she comes round the corner there is an EE (Everything Everywhere) store visible behind her. EE didn't exist at this time. See more »

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Featured in Projector: One Chance (2013) See more »

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Allegro Con Brio from Symphony No. 25 in G Minor
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Conducted by 'Barry Wordsworth
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc
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If you were ever bullied as a kid...this movie is for you
5 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other reviews for this movie (from "professional" reviewers) all point out how shallow this movie is when it comes to showing the feelings Paul is having at the various things that happen to him throughout his life. This may very well be the case. But this movie was not made to be a Doctoral Thesis on the effects of bullying. Rather, it was made to show how, once a young man becomes a coward in his youth, it is almost impossible to overcome later in life. The scene in the alley (when the chick comes to his rescue with the guitar) shows how, as an adult, Paul could only get the barest semblance of rage at his life-long tormentor, even though he had all the reason in the world to go ballistic. After losing his voice, he was unwilling to take a chance at being ridiculed by an audience, so he almost didn't even fill-in the form for Britain's Got Talent. He almost didn't go on stage (several times).

There must be a lot of kids getting bullied in England for their love of opera. Just this year, there was another case -- Lucy Kay -- who went through the same torture. She finished second, and has been signed by Simon Cowell personally for one of his labels.

Yes, this movie will not win an Oscar -- or even play in any American theaters -- but you need to see it. If you bullied fellow school mates when you were young, you might want to go find those now-grown-up kids and apologize. If you were bullied, this movie will inspire you.


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