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The Parole Officer (2001)

A failed parole officer framed for murder must enlist the help of his former clients to clear his name.


John Duigan

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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


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


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£902,028 (United Kingdom), 12 August 2001, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the title of the film, Simon Garden is portrayed and referred to as a Probation Officer throughout, which is the correct title for his job in both the UK and the U.S. See more »


Simon Garden's correct job title would be "probation officer" in England. "Parole officer" is an Americanism, and is probably used for the international market. However, while "parole" is used in the title of the film, "probation" is used throughout the film script. See more »


[at Victor's grave]
Sarah, Victor's Wife: After he worked with you he tried to give up his life of crime. He channelled his interests into amateur dramatics. One night he sneaked off to do the safe at Jackson's - you know, the food-processing plant? Two days later, one of the machines was playing up. They reckon he must have fallen into the mincer.
All: Ugh!
Sarah, Victor's Wife: By that stage the order's already gone out. They tried to recall them, but all they got back was half-a-dozen pies and a couple of pasties.
Simon Garden: And is that what's...
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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 »


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


Eternal Flame
Performed by Atomic Kitten
Written by Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and Susanna Hoffs
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bangophile Music
Licensed by courtesy of Virgin Records
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Funny little British movie
23 November 2007 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"The Parole Officer" is a funny little comedy gem from the UK that has its share of flaws. Occasionally the jokes are just a bit too silly and the movie has a few lengths in the middle. Also, the score seems completely out of place more often than not.

On the plus side, though, the film has got a great cast. Most jokes work because the actors deliver them with such great timing. Nothing needs to be said about Steve Coogan anymore. Everybody knows his talent by now and the man is rightfully on his way to a career in Hollywood. Ben Miller can be seen here, too, before he came to bigger fame with "The Worst Week Of My Life". He's great, just like Om Puri, George Steven Waddington and Emma Williams, all of which play a group of ex-criminals who plan to break into a bank to steal evidence that will clear the name of the wrong-fully accused title character (played by Coogan). Lena Headey is another face you might recognize from "300" or the new "Terminator" TV-series. She's just gorgeous, beautiful and very charming. Omar Sharif makes a prominent cameo and there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by Simon Pegg - probably the best moment of the entire movie.

So, yeah, "The Parole Officer" is a very enjoyable movie. Not all jokes hit the bullseye, but you'll laugh more than a few times. I really recommend this movie to everyone who likes classic Heist flicks and/or comedies like "Fletch".

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