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

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James 'Jimmy' Hands / Lord Nelson in Show
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Annabel Sweep / Lady Hamilton in Show
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Cliff Gumbell
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Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
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Rudy 'Rud' Guscott / Hardy in Show
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Mr. Perry, the Guard
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John Toombes
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Darren
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Graham Mortimer
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Paul Dean
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Officer George Barratt
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Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara ...
Ward
Andy Linden ...
Kenny
Ram John Holder ...
Old Billy Morris
John Pierce Jones ...
Mad Lenny
Desmond McNamara ...
Arthur
Ofo Uhiara ...
Wayne Wayne
Brian Abbott ...
Officer Phillips
Annette Bentley ...
Julie Gumbell
William Howe ...
Ritchie Gumbell
John Drew ...
Security Officer
Sean McKenzie ...
Perry's Assistant
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Audience Member
Kevin Camp ...
Nelson's Crew
Alan Clarke ...
Nelson's Crew
Tony van Cooten ...
Nelson's Crew
Austin Newby ...
Nelson's Crew
Kenneth Thompson ...
Nelson's Crew
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Apelt ...
Prison Officer (uncredited)
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Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Cattaneo

Written by

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Ronan Bennett ... (screenplay)
 
Stephen Fry ... (book of musical play: "Nelson the Musical")

Produced by

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Judi Bell ... line producer
Peter Cattaneo ... producer
Elinor Day ... co-producer
Hanno Huth ... executive producer
Lesley Stewart ... co-producer
Barnaby Thompson ... producer
Paul Webster ... executive producer

Music by

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Anne Dudley

Cinematography by

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Alwin H. Küchler ... director of photography (as Alwin Küchler)

Film Editing by

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David Gamble

Editorial Department

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Nicola Armstrong ... post-production coordinator
Joanna Garrard ... first assistant editor
Alec Gibson ... color grader
Gabrielle Smith ... editorial assistant (as Gaby Smith)
Sylvia Wheeler ... negative cutter
Trevor Brown ... colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Janey Fothergill

Production Design by

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Max Gottlieb

Art Direction by

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Andrew Munro

Set Decoration by

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Neesh Ruben

Costume Design by

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Ffion Elinor

Makeup Department

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Veronica McAleer ... hair designer (as Veronica Brebner) / makeup designer (as Veronica Brebner)
Heather Millington ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Kerry Scourfield ... makeup assistant

Production Management

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Erica Beasly ... production manager
Erica Bensly ... production manager
Caroline Hewitt ... executive in charge of production: FilmFour
Alistair Hopkins ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Melanie Dicks ... first assistant director
Ed Evennett ... third assistant director
Max Gottlieb ... second unit director
Mark J. Ingram ... second assistant director (as Mark Ingram)
Sarah Shepherd ... co-third assistant director
Damien Waters ... additional third assistant director

Art Department

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Ian Bee ... carpenter
Lee Bryant ... dressing props
Alfie Burgess ... stand-by props
John Drury ... carpenter
Damon Earnshaw ... stand-by art director
Billy Edwards ... stand-by props
David Fitzjohn ... chargehand painter
Paul Fogarty ... chargehand
Hugo Godfrey-Faussett ... carpenter
Poppy Guard ... draughtsperson
Mike Houseman ... construction manager
Dusan Jokic ... painter
Martin Lane ... stand-by painter
Leon McCarthy ... stand-by carpenter
John Milis ... dressing props
Shaun Mitcheson ... art department runner
Finch Munro ... art department runner
Marko Pavlovic ... painter
Guy Rutter ... chargehand painter
Hattie Storey ... scenic artist
Peter Taylor ... carpenter (as Pete Taylor)
Tom Wales ... assistant art director
John Walpoe ... carpenter
Brian Winterborn ... production buyer
Terry Wood ... property master
Terry Woods ... property master

Sound Department

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Nick Adams ... supervising sound editor
James Andrews ... adr mixer
Gordon Brown ... dialog & adr editor
Jonathan Cronin ... foley editor
Simon Dart ... sound maintenance
Mark DeSimone ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Laurent Friob ... assistant sound editor
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer
Leon Horrocks ... additional adr editor
Dado Jehan ... foley artist (as j. dzihan)
Srdjan Kurpjel ... foley mixer
Kamala Maniam ... sound assistant
Dave McGrath ... adr mixer
Adrian Rhodes ... re-recording mixer
Sven Taits ... re-recording mixer
John Taylor ... sound mixer
Mike Wood ... additional dialogue editor
Colin Cooper ... adr mixer (uncredited) / foley mixer (uncredited)
Steve Hancock ... studio sound technician (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jonathan Bullock ... special effects technician
Jem Lovett ... special effects supervisor
Mervyn Loynes ... senior special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Gruff Owen ... digital compositor
Simon Frame ... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Tom Hocking ... digital artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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David Anders ... stunt performer
Andy Bradford ... stunt coordinator
Richard Bradshaw ... stunt performer
Gary Connery ... stunt performer
Gabe Cronnelly ... stunt performer
Nrinder Dhudwar ... stunt performer
Charles Jarman ... stunt double: Lennie James
Andy Merchant ... stunt performer
Gordon Seed ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ben Battersby ... additional camera team
Paul Chedlow ... still photographer
Dave Cook ... best boy
Bob Cooke ... clapper loader: second unit
Mike Cooper ... electrician
Charlie England ... clapper loader
Dean Foard ... electrician
Jeremy Forster ... focus puller
Michael Green ... focus puller: second unit (as Mike Green)
Tony Hennessey ... stand-by rigger
Jeff James ... electrical rigger
Robert Osborne ... electrician
Gary Parnham ... electrician
Steve Philps ... gaffer
Alastair Rae ... steadicam operator
Delroy Salmon ... electrician
Tony Sankey ... grip
Robert Shacklady ... daily focus puller
Adam Suschitzky ... director of photography: second unit
Tom Taylor ... video playback operator
Terence Thomson ... generator operator
Roger Tooley ... steadicam operator
Andrew Wiggins ... focus puller (as Andrew 'Wiggy' Wiggins)
Peter Wignall ... steadicam operator

Casting Department

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Camilla Evans ... casting assistant
Peter Evans ... extras casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sophie Doncaster ... costumer
Zoe Harvey ... wardrobe assistant
Marion Weise ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Daniel Fellows ... location assistant
Ben Rimmer ... location manager
Matthew Wortman ... location finder
Martin Joy ... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)

Music Department

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Niall Acott ... music engineer
James Bellamy ... music editor
Anne Dudley ... conductor / orchestrator
Roger Dudley ... score producer
Karen Elliott ... score coordinator
Liz Gallacher ... music supervisor
Tom Jenkins ... assistant engineer
Tony Lewis ... music editor
Brendan Power ... musician: harmonica
Michael Connell ... music editor: temp (uncredited)
Becca Gatrell ... assistant music supervisor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Liz West ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Tony Jayes ... unit driver
Mark-Oliver-Tlo ... picture car coordinator (as Mark Oliver)
Pete Newman ... unit driver
Mark Richards ... unit driver

Other crew

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Kim Ballard ... production financing: FilmFour
Joanna Bates ... accounting assistant
Patrick Bennet ... stand-in (as Patrick Bennett)
Jake Bogert ... assistant to producer
Lesley Broderick ... production accountant
Stanley Collins ... stand-in
Sarah Critchley ... clearance
Peter Eardley ... assistant accountant
Emily Grant ... film assistant
Andrew Hildebrand ... business affairs: FilmFour
Nicky Hinkley ... choreographer: "Nelson the Musical"
Emily Hunt ... production assistant
Caroline Moore ... production coordinator
Clarissa Newman ... assistant to producer
Kate Newport ... stand-in
Roger Phillips ... title designer
Sarah Reeve ... post-production accountant (as Sarah Reeve-Teboul)
Jo Rogers ... development: Fragile Films
Jane Ryan ... stand-in
Alex Small ... assistant to director
Amanda Street ... international sales: FilmFour
Phil Symes ... unit publicist (as Conan G. Symes)
Sarah Teboul ... post-production accountant
Jacqueline Thorogood ... production coordinator
Helen Tulley ... business affairs: FilmFour
Jane Ryan ... floor runner (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines An escapist comedy from the director of "The Full Monty" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lucky Break - Rein oder raus (Germany)
  • Our Lucky Break (United States)
  • Um Golpe de Sorte (Brazil)
  • Szczesliwa zgrywa (Poland)
  • Подарок судьбы (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP348,613, 26 Aug 2001

Did You Know?

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Movie Connections References South Pacific (1958). See more »
Soundtracks 54-46 Was My Number See more »
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 »
Quotes Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
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