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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 ... 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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Steve Coogan Is....[The Parole Officer] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Om Puri (George) was actually terrified while filming the roller coaster scene. The look on his face is pure fright. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tribunal Chairman: We talked to your clients, Mr Garden.
Simon Garden: Yeah, they're good people. I used to say to them: "You're half-way up a mountain. Crime is the easy path to the bottom. Responsibility is the hard path to the top. But when you get there it's a great view. Because in every sinner, there's a..."
Stern Woman: [interrupting, impatiently] Thank you Mr Garden.
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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 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 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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Great fun,one of the funniest films I've seen this year
27 August 2001 | by ibexhouseSee all my reviews

The Parole Officer marks Steve Coogan's entrance into the world of cinema and what an entrance it is.In probation officer Simon Garden,Coogan has created a character that we genuinely want to win.We want him to defeat the bad guys but never during its entire running time do we want to BE him.

Simon means well but always manages to get himself in embarrassing situations.And when he gets himself in these situations,he just digs himself deeper and deeper into them.The basic plot is already known so I don't need to type that out.However,there was an amazing car crash near the beginning that I wasn't expecting.

I don't want to go into more detail cos I will probably ruin all the best bits for you.Another thing,one of the major problems I had with comedies of 2000(Road Trip,Meet the Parents etc.) was that the trailers gave all the best bits away.Luckily,The Parole Officer doesn't suffer from this problem and doesn't even mention the scene in a museum that had me in stitches.If you get the chance to see The Parole Officer,go see it.I guarantee you won't regret it.


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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,424,253
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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