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Greenfingers (2000)

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A prison inmate with a green thumb goes on to compete in a national gardening competition. Based on a true story.

Director:

Joel Hershman

Writer:

Joel Hershman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Colin Briggs
Helen Mirren ... Georgina Woodhouse
David Kelly ... Fergus Wilks
Warren Clarke ... Governor Hodge
Danny Dyer ... Tony
Adam Fogerty ... Raw
Paterson Joseph ... Jimmy
Natasha Little ... Primrose Woodhouse
Peter Guinness ... Dudley
Lucy Punch ... Holly
Sally Edwards Sally Edwards ... Susan Hodge
Donald Douglas ... Nigel
Kevin McMonagle Kevin McMonagle ... Laurence
Julie Saunders Julie Saunders ... Sarah
Jordan Maxwell ... John (as Jorden Maxwell)
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Storyline

Clive Owen stars as a prison inmate who goes into an experimental "open" prison where the inmates walk around freely and get job training for their impending releases. While there, he discovers he has a talent for growing flowers. His talent is recognized by a gardening guru who encourages him and four other inmates to enter a national gardening competition. Written by Greg Bulmash <greg@imdb.com>

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A blooming comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jardinage à l'anglaise See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairford, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,365,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,584, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,439,287, 11 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is filmed at the world-renowned music school, the Yehudi Menuhin School. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Colin is walking with Primrose through to the garden in the competition, she is/is not wearing a necklace between shots. See more »

Quotes

Fergus Wilks: [Waking up and seeing the flower on the nightstand, then seeing Colin] What's that old thing doing back here?
Colin: It wasn't ready for the outside world.
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Soundtracks

I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio
Words by Kelly Jones
Music by Stuart Cable, Kelly Jones, Richard Jones
Performed by Stereophonics
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of V2 Music Ltd.
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16 September 2001 | by WalterFrithSee all my reviews

I can't believe the cynicism surrounding this film. It has a nice wholesome quality to it that is lacking in our films today. I love films like 'Scarface', 'GoodFellas' and '48 HRS.' but that doesn't mean I can't like a film like 'Greenfingers'. Taking a group of prisoners and putting them in such a scenario as making them gardeners as part of their rehabilitation is a unique concept for a film. Reviewers, especially American critics must think all prisons around the world are loaded with weapons and power hungry guards and wardens. Countries like Canada, Switzerland and England have less violent criminals and less confrontational authorities. Some are mocking the film's whole premise as absurd but to make it more credible, this film is based on a true story! 'Greenfingers' runs a short 90 minutes, has some good characters that are well developed and jokes that bubble with surprising wit and charm. Examine the cast and crew carefully and watch out for their next film(s). We need more like them.


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