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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.

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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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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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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Parts were also filmed at Queen Elizabeth's Training College, Leatherhead. The hospital room was really the TV room for students. See more »

Goofs

After the men lose the competition, they are invited to meet Her Majesty, and one of the officials says "Yes, HRH!" Which stands for His or Her Royal Highness, which could mean Charlels, Wills, Kate, Harry, etc.. BUT The Queen is Her Majesty - hence, she would be "H.M." 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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Run Rudolph Run
Written by Johnny Marks (as John D. Marks) and Marvin Brodie (as Marvin Brody)
Performed by Capricorn
Courtesy of Saint Nicholas Music Inc./Sunflower Music Inc, USA.
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. and Crazy Life Music
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Excellent stuff worth seeing!
21 August 2001 | by cecifSee all my reviews

This lovely little film isn't trying to be anything it's not. It's interesting, touching, sad at times, and very, very funny! What more could you want for entertainment? I enjoy going to a movie and feeling good - okay, so YES, this is a feel-good movie. It has a really, really excellent feel-good plot. Bad guys make good... at gardening!

It's based on a true story, and that's one thing that really makes the story work. You root for the characters (you should!), you hope for the best (what's wrong with that?!), and along the way not everything goes as it "should". Well done folks. Also very well-acted. Scenery great. Characters great. Ending great (no, it isn't over-the-top good-good, if you hate that like I do...).

Sad to have to do the cliched and tired "if you liked _____ you'll love _____", but gotta do it: If you liked "Saving Grace", this is a great movie for you! (Though a friend of mine thinks I should say "if you liked "The Full Monty"...)

I say, spend the money if you are inclined, I don't think you'll regret a minute of it!


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