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Lucky Break (2001)

Under the leadership of a small-time bank robber, British inmates hatch a plan to escape by staging a musical.

Director:

Peter Cattaneo

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Stephen Fry (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Nesbitt ... James 'Jimmy' Hands / Lord Nelson in Show
Olivia Williams ... Annabel Sweep / Lady Hamilton in Show
Timothy Spall ... Cliff Gumbell
Bill Nighy ... Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
Lennie James ... Rudy 'Rud' Guscott / Hardy in Show
Ron Cook ... Mr. Perry, the Guard
Frank Harper ... John Toombes
Raymond Waring ... Darren
Christopher Plummer ... Graham Mortimer
Julian Barratt ... Paul Dean
Peter Wight ... Officer George Barratt
Celia Imrie ... Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara Peter McNamara ... Ward
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Kenny
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Old Billy Morris
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Storyline

Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. He convinces the governor to stage a musical in an old chapel next to the prison's outer wall. He rounds up volunteer actors and puts his escape plan into production. Two other barriers, besides the wall, confront him: the arrival of a nasty inmate, John Toombes, who insists on joining the escape, and Jimmy's feelings of attraction for Anabel, a social worker who agrees to appear in the play. Opening night approaches: is this Jimmy's breakout performance? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

An escapist comedy from the director of "The Full Monty"

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Lucky Break See more »

Filming Locations:

Devon, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£348,613 (United Kingdom), 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,495, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,606, 9 June 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

FilmFour,Fragile Films,Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we are shown what happens to the escapees, the security guard, and the warden, along with a short piano song by Cliff. See more »

Connections

References London's Burning (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
(1950)
Written by Herb Magidson and Carl Sigman
© Magidson Music Co. Inc./Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc.
By kind permission of Warner/Chapell Music Ltd.
Performed by Prince Buster
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Unfunny As Hell!
12 July 2005 | by pagangodSee all my reviews

Caught this one on TV a while back and I'm glad I didn't bother to see it in theatrical release.

Though the film has an excellent cast and is as well-made as a basic comedy can be, there is one simple matter that the screenwriter Ronan Bennett seems to have overlooked - there is NO comedy, OK maybe there are one or two laughs here, but that's all.

Apparently based on a book by the superb Stephen Fry, one wonders why the producers didn't approach Mr. Fry to write the screenplay, after all his track record speaks for itself - the man knows how to make people laugh!

The film sold itself as being 'From the Director of The Full Monty' well, I don't know what happened here, but Peter Cattaneo didn't bring any of the skills he seemed to display in TFM.

Don't bother with this one at all, a total waste of time.


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