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Saving Grace (2000)

A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

Director:

Nigel Cole

Writers:

Mark Crowdy (story), Craig Ferguson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Blethyn ... Grace
Craig Ferguson ... Matthew
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Bamford
Tchéky Karyo ... Jacques (as Tcheky Karyo)
Jamie Foreman ... China
Bill Bailey ... Vince
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ... Nicky
Tristan Sturrock ... Harvey
Clive Merrison ... Quentin
Leslie Phillips ... Vicar
Diana Quick ... Honey
Phyllida Law ... Margaret
Linda Kerr Scott Linda Kerr Scott ... Diana
Denise Coffey Denise Coffey ... Mrs Hopkins
Paul Brooke ... Charlie
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Storyline

A widow discovers after her husband's suicide that he has mortgaged everything they own and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Enter her gardener, who is struggling to make a few marijuana plants grow in a hidden location and suggests that she use her green house to help grow the plants and sell them to make the money both need. He is wanting to get married, but needs capital. What he doesn't know is that his girl friend is pregnant and thus fears that they will be busted for growing marijuana. While supposedly working, the whole village is well aware of the endeavor and is hoping for their success. When the plants come in, Grace takes the crop to London and tries to sell it to a ruthless, but charming drug dealer. Everything busts loose from there. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Grace's doctor is worried about the state of her joints... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín de la alegría See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£402,915 (United Kingdom), 21 May 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$287,452, 6 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,115,757, 15 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Grace is cleaning up in the kitchen and talking to Harvey after the funeral, a mishap between them causing an empty plate to smash on the floor after she just picked up two stacked plates with left-overs from the table. In the next two close-up shots she doesn't set down those plates, but in the following wider shot as she picks up the pieces and stands up, they are back on the table and she picks them up again. See more »

Quotes

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A lovable, feel-good comedy
26 November 2009 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Charming doesn't even begin to describe "Saving Grace;" it's absolutely irresistible! Anyone who ventures into this movie will leave with their spirits soaring high (haha).

Grace Trevethyn (Brenda Blethyn) has just lost her husband, but her problems are about to get a whole lot worse. Her dearly departed has left her with no money and outstanding debts. Faced with losing everything, she has to find out a way to get a lot of cash...fast! She gets an idea when her gardener, Matthew (Craig Ferguson) asks the town-famous horticulturist to give him advice on a plant he is secretly growing. Grace immediately realizes that his plant is marijuana, so they decide to use her gardening skills to grow a lot of top-quality weed, and then sell it to pay off her outstanding debts.

The most notable quality about "Saving Grace" is its likability. Every character is extremely sympathetic, and, save for the first 20 or so minutes, the film is non-stop good cheer. Everyone wants a happy ending for everyone, even if it means turning a blind eye to some rather illegal activities.

The acting is top-notch. Brenda Blethyn is one of Britain's finest actresses, and here is why. She turns what could have been a caricature into a fully living and breathing individual. She's a nice lady, but she's not stupid. Craig Ferguson is equally amiable as Matthew. He's a deadbeat loser, but he's so likable that it doesn't matter. The rest of the ensemble cast fits in this category as well, but special mention has to go to Tcheky Karyo. The French actor always has a aura of menace about him, and that suits him well, but he also has great comedy skills.

Nigel Cole finds the perfect tone for "Saving Grace." It's all about the charm. One of the problems I have with British humor is that all the energy seems to be drained out of the film. Not so here. The film is thoroughly likable and always amusing. That's not to say that "Saving Grace" is just a likable movie that will leave you with a grin and a good feeling. While this movie is not an out and out comedy, it does boast two or three scenes that are nothing short of hysterical.

If there's any problem with the film, it's that the climax is a little confusing. The questions are answered though, and the ending boasts an unexpected twist.

See "Saving Grace," especially when you're having a bad day.


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