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One Chance -- 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".
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Release Date:
25 October 2013 (Ireland) See more »
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As a kid he was an outcast. As a young man, his future looked bleak. Throughout it all, his dream seemed impossible... Until he got the chance of a lifetime. See more »
Plot:
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). | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Taking a Chance on a Dream See more (32 total) »

Cast

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James Corden ... Paul

Alexandra Roach ... Julz

Julie Walters ... Yvonne

Colm Meaney ... Roland

Mackenzie Crook ... Braddon

Valeria Bilello ... Alessandra

Trystan Gravelle ... Matthew

Sion Tudor Owen ... Choirmaster

Jemima Rooper ... Hydrangea

Alex Macqueen ... Dr. Thorpe

Miriam Lucia ... Signora Fiorentino

Stanley Townsend ... Luciano Pavarotti
Maria Del Monte ... Alessandra's Grandmother
Duccio Camerini ... Alessandra's Father
Luca Fiamenghi ... Gerhardt
Giandomenico Cupaiuolo ... Italian Language Teacher
Stefano Sparapano ... Combat Professor
Christopher Bull ... Young Paul (Age 9)
Ewan Austin ... Young Paul (Age 14)
Ieuan Chakrabarti-Adams ... Young Matthew (Age 9) (as Ieuan Heinz Chakrabarti-Adams)
Rhys Coxley ... Young Matthew (Age 14)

Di Botcher ... Nurse

Jason May ... Emcee

Simon Naylor ... Hooligan
Ed Gaughan ... Audience Member #1

Grahame Fox ... Audience Member #2
Dan Wilder ... Drummer
Robert Gwyn Davin ... Guitarist

Alex O'Neill ... Band Member (as Agamoth Abgott)
Triserial Abgott ... Band Member
Ceri Mears ... Steel Worker
Philip Howe ... Foreman
Ann Beach ... Elderly Woman
Gareth Gwyn-Jones ... Elderly Man
Melanie Kilburn ... Mrs. Evans

Abigail Hamilton ... Mrs. Cosgrove
Lee Mengo ... Store Detective

Dafydd Hywel ... Vicar
Helen Griffin ... Julz's Mum
Kylie Watt ... Aida
Simon Coleman ... Aida Baritone

Kathryn Drysdale ... Production Asst. #1

Reggie Yates ... Production Asst. #2

Asli Bayram ... Julia
Villa Kula ... Punk Girl
Airlie Scott ... Mrs. Buncle
Matthew Ashforde ... Stage Manager
James Ashton ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Aldin-Burnett ... Talent Show Punter (uncredited)

Jozef Aoki ... Performer (uncredited)

Mai Arwas ... Margarita (uncredited)
Roy Beck ... Audience member (uncredited)
Hannah Blamires ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Andrea Bocelli ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dilyana Bouklieva ... BOOTS Customer (uncredited)
Siong Loong Choong ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Bern Collaço ... Pub Guest (uncredited)
Pamela Betsy Cooper ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Simon Cowell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chris Cowlin ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Renee Daly ... Pub Customer (uncredited)

Alessandro De Marco ... Daniel (uncredited)
Leigh Dent ... Pub Guest (uncredited)

Declan Donnelly ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Duggan ... Passerby (uncredited)
David Ellis ... Street Character (uncredited)
Raymond Glen ... Theatre Goer (uncredited)
David Golt ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Donna Griffiths ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
John W.G. Harley ... Talent Show Punter (uncredited)
Shane Hart ... Orchestra (uncredited)
Marina Hayter ... Pub Guest (uncredited)

Amanda Holden ... Herself (uncredited)
Owen Hunte ... Friend in Bar (uncredited)
Angie Inwards ... Audience,Working Mans Club (uncredited)
Chonradee Kulthap ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Semina Lewis ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)
Simone Liebman ... Talent Show Punter (uncredited)
Kristina Linder ... Woman at the Opera (uncredited)
Barrie Martin ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Martyn Mayger ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Matthew David McCarthy ... Audience Guest (uncredited)

Ross McKinnon ... Pub Guest (uncredited)
Anthony McPartlin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Piers Morgan ... Himself (uncredited)
Jon L. Morris ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Stuart Mulcaster ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Gino Picciano ... Contestant (uncredited)
Martin Poole ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Nick Pratt ... Shopper / Rambler (uncredited)

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sarah Rorbach ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Santi Scinelli ... Contestant (uncredited)

Sally Scott ... Female EMS Worker (uncredited)
Grace Sinclair ... Aida cast member (uncredited)
Mick Slaney ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Giles Spencer ... GBT Audience Member (uncredited)
Carl Sykes ... Steelworker (uncredited)
Amy Jean Thomas ... Passerby (uncredited)
Fabio Vollono ... BGT Audience Member (uncredited)

Julie Vollono ... BGT Audience Member (uncredited)
Morgan Walters ... Male EMS Worker (uncredited)
Jon Wennington ... Talent Show Punter (uncredited)

Directed by
David Frankel 
 
Writing credits
Justin Zackham (written by)

Produced by
Simon Cowell .... producer
Jane Hooks .... co-producer
Michael Menchel .... producer
Kris Thykier .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Brad Weston .... producer
Steve Whitney .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
 
Cinematography by
Florian Ballhaus (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Wendy Greene Bricmont 
 
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard 
 
Production Design by
Martin Childs 
 
Art Direction by
Nick Dent (supervising art director)
James Wakefield 
 
Set Decoration by
Celia Bobak 
 
Costume Design by
Colleen Kelsall 
 
Makeup Department
Christina Baker .... make-up and hair stylist
Christine Blundell .... hair stylist
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus .... dental FX design and manufacture
Chloe Edwards .... crowd makeup trainee: dailies
Alexandra Joyce .... hair stylist
Alexandra Joyce .... makeup artist
Zoe Kettel .... crowd hair trainee
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Donald McInnes .... makeup artist (hair stylist)
 
Production Management
Catherine Farrell .... post-production supervisor
Simon Fraser .... unit production manager
John David Gunkle .... unit manager
Marco Zanon .... production manager: italy
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angharad Batten .... production assistant
Phil Booth .... first assistant director
Alvise Fachinetti .... second second assistant director: Italy
John Greaves .... second unit director
Alexander Holt .... crowd second assistant director
James Manning .... second assistant director
Giorgia Marangoni .... first assistant director: Italy
Jack Scarisbrick .... assistant director runner
Andy Young .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Suzanne Austin .... standby art director
Marc Beros .... hod scenic painter
Sarah Ginn .... assistant graphics
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Abi Groves .... production buyer
Rohan Harris .... scenic
David Horrill .... property master
Springer Horrill .... property master
Carol Kupisz .... graphic designer
Shay Leonard .... stand-by props
Caroline Pool .... art department assistant
Hannah Purdy Foggin .... art department trainee
Marco Anton Restivo .... assistant art director
Isona Rigau .... art department work experience
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Barney Ward .... stand-by props
Peter Wood .... set dresser
Sebastian Wood .... art department assistant
Mal Zawadzki .... painter
 
Sound Department
Rick Chefalas .... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Duran Darkins .... sound assistant
Duran Darkins .... sound assistant: dailies
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Ken Galvin .... adr recordist
Greg Hagen .... second assistant sound
Maegan Hayward .... post production mixing facility coordinator
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recordist
Diego Piotto .... sound assistant: Venice
Nicholas Renbeck .... dialogue editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
George Trevis .... sound maintenance
Martin Trevis .... additional sound mixer
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor
Dylan Voigt .... boom operator
Ian Voigt .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Bernard Newton .... special effects
Mark Turner .... special effects supervisor
James Munro Boles .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects producer
Monette Dubin .... visual effects consultant
Artur Elson .... visual effects artist
Jep Hill .... cg supervisor
Randy Krueger .... digital compositor
Gong Myung Lee .... CG supervisor
Erin W. Nash .... digital compositor
Jennifer Ramos .... visual effects coordinator
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Lee Bagley .... stunt driver
Justin Pearson .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bates .... electrician
Matteo Bolzonello .... b camera: second assistant
Ben Brown .... b camera: second assistant
Peter Byrne .... a camera focus puller
Dan Carling .... digital imaging technician
Abigail Catto .... second assistant camera
Darren Coomber .... standby rigger
Guy Cope .... supervising electrical rigger
Nic Cupac .... grip: "b" camera
Hanoi De La Paz .... electrician: italian crew
Harry Elvin .... crane technician dailies
Gastone Ferrante .... digital imaging technician: italy
Joe Finan .... jimmy jib operator
Chema Gomez .... data manager
Ross Grainger .... rigging gaffer
Julian Guest .... electrician
Rodrigo Gutierrez .... b camera operator
Tristan Haley .... first assistant camera: dallies
Harlon Haveland .... electrician
Tom Hyde .... electrician
Will Kendal .... best boy
Daniel Lillie .... camera trainee: dailies
John Marzano .... aerial director of photography
Daniele Massaccesi .... camera operator: "b" camera, Italy
Tom McFarling .... first assistant camera: b
Paul McGeachan .... gaffer
Ossie McLean .... camera operator: second unit
James Metcalfe .... digital imaging technician assistant
Will Nash .... camera trainee: prep
Gary Parnham .... electrician
Paolo Sartori .... key rigger
Jonathan Smith .... assistant grip
Joe Steel .... digital imaging technician: dailies
Alberto Torrecilla .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Italy
Lisa Trinder .... video operator
Davide Ulissi .... data manager (segment: s Italy)
Charlie Wall .... crane grip
Chris Dickinson .... electrician (uncredited)
Gawain Nash .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kate McLaughlin .... extras casting
Ana Soria .... casting assistant
Gemma Sykes .... casting associate
Hattie Mark .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucy Brookes .... costume trainee
Vana Giannoula .... costume maker
Zoe Howerska .... costume daily
Harriet Kendall .... principal key stand-by
Anna Lombardi .... costume supervisor
Avedian Lora .... embroiderer
Carla Monvid .... costume trainee
Oliver Southall .... costume standby
Sheena Wichary .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... digital intermediate colourist
Andreas Fehrle .... assistant editor
Brandon Heer .... post-production assistant
Steve O'Leary .... digital dailies colorist
Mike Selemon .... associate editor
Kenny Vicent .... dailies engineer
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Eleri Coulten .... assistant location manager
Jeremy DeCoursey .... location assistant
Nicola Fedrigoni .... location manager
Ben Gladstone .... supervising location manager
Stephen G. Parker .... location manager: second unit - Wales
Martina Patruno .... location assistant
 
Music Department
Becky Bentham .... music supervisor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Chad Birmingham .... assistant music editor
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Nathan Matthew David .... technical score engineer
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer
Mark Graham .... additional conductor
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
Catherine Grieves .... assistant music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Matt Jones .... score assistant engineer
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Ben Parry .... choir director
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Linnea Snyder .... music preparation
John Ashton Thomas .... orchestrator
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Jochem Weierink .... composer: trailer music
Joe Zimmerman .... music copyist
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
Annette Kudrak .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Julian Chapman .... transportation captain
Rob Davis .... driver
Giovanni Di Gaetano .... transportation captain: Italy (as Giovanni De Gaetano)
Simon Essery .... facilities captain
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Charlotte Graham .... driver
John Hall .... unit driver
Carl Isherwood .... unit driver
Ed Lee .... driver
Mark Mccarron .... facilities captain: 2nd unit
Danny Mitchell .... swing co-ordinator
Lee Pellett .... unit driver
Mo Zadeh .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Thomas Alcott .... runner
Sian Angharad Anthony .... stand-in
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Sam Barry-Parker .... floor runner
Jasmine Becker-Williams .... producers asssistant
Morgan Blackmore .... assistant accountant
Jordan Brown .... accounts assistant
Gianni Carpentieri .... production accountant: italy
James Cole .... assistant to Michael Menchel
San Davey .... script supervisor
Charlie Elson .... floor runner
Daniel Emmerson .... assistant to producer Kris Thykier
Katherine Evans .... cast assistant
Lucia Foster Found .... aerial operations coordinator
Christina Kelton Garner .... additional crowd runner
Nicola Gomiero .... facilities manager ITA
Aaron Hopkins .... work experience
Sara Janasz .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Carlo La Melia .... production accountant assistant: italy
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant
Rachel Limb .... accounts trainee
Adrian Lopez .... Miscellaneous Crew - Executive In Charge of Business Affairs
Nadiya Luthra .... travel and accommodation coordinator
Mariana Marsh .... assistant coordinator
Matthew David McCarthy .... Stand in for James Corden
Tariq Mirza .... production lawyer
Sharon Moran .... production coordinator
Dave Morley .... medic on set
Ali Moshref .... production executive: completion guarantor
Anna Offelli .... production coordinator: italy
Yusoof Patel .... production assistant
Tom Prince .... executive in charge of production
Lizzie Pritchard .... second unit: script supervisor
Daisy Rooke .... floor runner: dailies
Ingrid Simmonds .... first assistant accountant
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Will Tyler .... financial controller
Gareth Webb .... floor runner
Glen Wiggall .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Walter Arrighetti .... dailies data manager: italy (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual material.
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103 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Julz:See you, Brad.
Paul:Bye, Cameron.
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Soundtrack:
Che Gelida Manina from La BohemeSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Taking a Chance on a Dream, 5 November 2014
Author: 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines

When I read that "One Chance" was going to be the life story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts. I knew I wanted to see it for sheer pop culture curiosity, but I was not sure it was going to be any good. This is especially since I had heard nothing about this film until I saw that it was going to be shown in movie theaters this week.

We follow the life of Paul, a bullied overweight loner since childhood whose only dream in life was to sing opera. But growing up in suburban Wales where the main industry was steel works, he did not get much support, except from his loyal mother.

In the course of this film, We see him meet a wonderful woman whom he eventually marries. However, we also see him repeatedly fail in singing and totally lose confidence about his abilities. Of course, we know this story will culminate in his memorable audition on Britain's Got Talent" in front of Simon Cowell and company.

Honestly I was expecting this film to be mundane predictable biopic following the unexpected rise of a loser to becoming a winner and star. However, surprise, surprise. This turned out to be one very delightful and entertaining inspirational film which would appeal to most audiences, not only Paul Potts fans.

I have not really known of either of the lead actors before watching this film, but the film's success was because of their charisma. James Corden got the child-like innocence and charming dorkishness of Paul down pat. We can't help but identify with his struggles, groan at his bad decisions and root for him to go for his dream. I am now a fan of Alexandra Roach who gave an utterly amazing heart-tugging performance of Paul's wife Julz. Her hypnotizing eyes radiates goodness and kindness. The two of them have such rich and believable chemistry between them.

Julie Walters is such a chameleon in her roles. As Paul's ever- supporting mother Yvonne, she is so natural and effortless in her remarkable performance. Colm Meaney is just right to play Paul's gruff and skeptical father. Mackenzie Crook plays Paul's offbeat boss. While he is too batty to be a real person, he provides the comic relief to lighten up the mood.

The first thirty minutes were positively glorious. My smile would not leave my face as the unfolding story made me feel very happy. The script was so witty and funny even as there were not so good things happening. The energy tended to bog in the middle third with the series of misfortunes which befell Paul. But that was necessary in order to make the triumphant third act more exciting and moving, even if we already knew how it would all end.

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