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The Parole Officer (2001)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 10 August 2001 (UK)
A failed parole officer framed for murder must enlist the help of his former clients to clear his name.

Director:

John Duigan
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Simon Garden
Emma Gilmour Emma Gilmour ... Secretary
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Stern Woman
Iain Mitchell Iain Mitchell ... Tribunal Chairman
James Smith ... Tribunal Man
Om Puri ... George
Steven Waddington ... Jeff
Ben Miller ... Colin
Emma Williams ... Kirsty
Stephen Dillane ... Inspector Burton
Bruce McGregor Bruce McGregor ... First Policeman
Lena Headey ... Emma
Justin Burrows Justin Burrows ... Mills
Marc Goodhall Marc Goodhall ... Death / Student (as Marc Goodall)
Clive Kneller Clive Kneller ... Deacon
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Storyline

Failed parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police officers. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma (Lena Headey), Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name. Written by Anon

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Taglines:

Fighting crime the only way he knows how. Badly. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das B-Team: Beschränkt und auf Bewährung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,028 (United Kingdom), 12 August 2001, Limited Release
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A CGI shot of a wasp flying up Steve Coogan's nose took twelve hours and ten thousand feet of 35mm film before the wasp flying in a small glass cabinet could be coaxed into the nostril of the green wax head. See more »

Goofs

CMT buses operate in Liverpool, not Manchester. See more »

Quotes

Simon Garden: [Trying to bribe the gunmen on the roof] 'OK, look. Er, in my wallet I've got forty pounds, that's twenty each!'
[Sounding to be a great deal and holds the money up enticingly]
Simon Garden: 'I've also got a cashcard here; the daily limit is two hundred, of which I've withdrawn forty, you've got that.'
[Like a gameshow host: 'you're prizes are safe']
Simon Garden: 'Now, the pin number; it's the Battle of Hastings... '
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie See more »

Connections

References Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Stop Moving
Performed by S Club 7
Written by Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee,
Paul Cattermole, Jo O'Meara, Tina Barrett, Shep Soloman and Simon Ellis
Used by kind permission of 19 Music Ltd/BMG Music Publishing Ltd, Universal Music Publishing Ltd and Rondor Music (London) Ltd
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Courtesy of A&M Records/Polydor UK Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing division, part of the Universal Music Group
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My 10th Review: Hugely Enjoyable Caper
15 December 2006 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Best surprise I've had in a long time: funny, sweet, and just well, good. It's not crude, or rude ('cept for a couple of obligatory phallic jokes and a couple of swear words) : it could be Rowan Atkinson in the title role. Here Steve Coogan, for my money, leaves behind the skewering satire and parody that made him a household name and a cult figure on UK television, and by half way through the film develops a character that you root for 100%

Nice storyline, a fun caper, and mixed bag of personalities make this a much better mix than expectations might lead you to believe.

I love Ealing Comedies, and good British comedies like Brassed Off, and thought the recent US remake of the Ladykillers was just about everything you don't want a crime comedy movie to be...

... the thing about the Parole Officer is that it is simply enjoyable; it has great pace, some tension and thrills, good laughs, with enough silliness, and ideas to keep it afloat; but it also has a sweet heart and a decency at its center. We thoroughly enjoyed it: especially the last hour: once Coogan stops trying to prove he can develop figures only to poke fun about - he becomes a really likable character - and that's no bad thing.

It's fun - pure and simple - which is a quality sadly lacking in films these days. Definitely worth viewing.


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