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Grow Your Own (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 15 June 2007 (UK)
An English community gets testy when a refuge family is granted a plot of land on which to grow vegetables.

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writers:

Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Carl Hunter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Wong ... Kung Sang
Eddie Marsan ... Little John
Omid Djalili ... Ali
Alan Williams ... Kenny
Philip Jackson ... Big John
Pearce Quigley ... Eddie
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Charlie
Olivia Colman ... Alice
Joanna Scanlan ... Barbara
Sarah Hadland ... Carla
Roland Manookian ... Mike
Diveen Henry ... Miriam
Mel Raido ... Nick
Sophie Stanton Sophie Stanton ... Debbie
Sophie Lee Sophie Lee ... Phoenix
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Storyline

Political refugees are given allotments as part of a scheme to help them fit into the local community. Reaction is mixed amongst the allotment holders of Blacktree Road, ruled with a rod of iron by committee chairman and ex-cop Big John, who bullies his son, known as Little John. Mobile phone company employees Carla, a go-getting bitch, and her dim young assistant, Mike, arrive at the allotments, offering five grand for one of the plots to make way for a phone mast. It is obvious that the sacrifice will be made by one of the new-comers. John is not keen for it to be Iranian Ali, because he is a qualified doctor, who gives free advice. However, Ali and his family are arrested as unsuccessful asylum seekers and John turns his attention to the plot given to Kung Sang, a traumatised oriental whose young children tend to communicate on his behalf. John's bullying treatment of his son over the latter's interest in African Miriam, and his strict adherence to the rules - including the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Taglines:

You never know where you'll find your roots.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gradinari de ocazie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£27,765 (United Kingdom), 17 June 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Big Spender
Written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Peggy Lee
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co Limited
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Strands of Wonder
26 April 2007 | by antminghellaSee all my reviews

I saw a preview of this and absolutely loved it. It was very funny (the scene where the cranky old men test out the ring tones for instance is a classic) and touching. I loved the fact that it had none of the usual faces that you see in Britcoms. I didn't recognise anyone in it apart from Benny Wong - who was amazing in this - and the very funny girl from Hot Fuzz, who was just as funny in this. I love the fact that it keeps about ten different stories rolling along. I also loved all the gardening stuff. It reminded me of The Secret Garden and it gave the whole thing a bit of poetry and beauty that you just don't see in films about working class people normally.


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