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One Chance (2013)

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The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent (2007).

Director:

David Frankel

Writer:

Justin Zackham
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Corden ... Paul
Alexandra Roach ... Julz
Julie Walters ... Yvonne
Colm Meaney ... Roland
Mackenzie Crook ... Braddon
Valeria Bilello ... Alessandra
Trystan Gravelle ... Matthew
Sion Tudor Owen ... Choirmaster
Jemima Rooper ... Hydrangea
Alex Macqueen ... Dr. Thorpe (as Alex MacQueen)
Miriam Lucia ... Signora Fiorentino
Stanley Townsend ... Luciano Pavarotti
Maria Del Monte Maria Del Monte ... Alessandra's Grandmother
Duccio Camerini Duccio Camerini ... Alessandra's Father
Luca Fiamenghi Luca Fiamenghi ... Gerhardt
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Storyline

Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Marley & Me (2008)) teams with Screenwriter Justin Zackham (The Bucket List (2007)) to tell the story of amateur opera singer Paul Potts (James Corden), who went from meek shop clerk to international superstar after his stunning performance on Britain's Got Talent (2007) became a viral video phenomenon.

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The incredible true story of an underdog who never gave up See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual material. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Katy Perry was offered the role of Julie-Ann "Julz" Cooper, but declined. See more »

Goofs

When saying goodbye to Julz after their first date, Paul sees her to the Cardiff train and waves her goodbye. They are in fact on the Swansea bound platform of Port Talbot Parkway and she is going in completely the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Julz: Wow. I knew you were mad for opera but I didn't know you were completely psycho for it.
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Featured in Projector: One Chance (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed by Jonathan Welch and Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu
Conducted by Will Humburg
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc.
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Taking a Chance on a Dream
5 November 2014 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

When I read that "One Chance" was going to be the life story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts. I knew I wanted to see it for sheer pop culture curiosity, but I was not sure it was going to be any good. This is especially since I had heard nothing about this film until I saw that it was going to be shown in movie theaters this week.

We follow the life of Paul, a bullied overweight loner since childhood whose only dream in life was to sing opera. But growing up in suburban Wales where the main industry was steel works, he did not get much support, except from his loyal mother.

In the course of this film, We see him meet a wonderful woman whom he eventually marries. However, we also see him repeatedly fail in singing and totally lose confidence about his abilities. Of course, we know this story will culminate in his memorable audition on Britain's Got Talent" in front of Simon Cowell and company.

Honestly I was expecting this film to be mundane predictable biopic following the unexpected rise of a loser to becoming a winner and star. However, surprise, surprise. This turned out to be one very delightful and entertaining inspirational film which would appeal to most audiences, not only Paul Potts fans.

I have not really known of either of the lead actors before watching this film, but the film's success was because of their charisma. James Corden got the child-like innocence and charming dorkishness of Paul down pat. We can't help but identify with his struggles, groan at his bad decisions and root for him to go for his dream. I am now a fan of Alexandra Roach who gave an utterly amazing heart-tugging performance of Paul's wife Julz. Her hypnotizing eyes radiates goodness and kindness. The two of them have such rich and believable chemistry between them.

Julie Walters is such a chameleon in her roles. As Paul's ever- supporting mother Yvonne, she is so natural and effortless in her remarkable performance. Colm Meaney is just right to play Paul's gruff and skeptical father. Mackenzie Crook plays Paul's offbeat boss. While he is too batty to be a real person, he provides the comic relief to lighten up the mood.

The first thirty minutes were positively glorious. My smile would not leave my face as the unfolding story made me feel very happy. The script was so witty and funny even as there were not so good things happening. The energy tended to bog in the middle third with the series of misfortunes which befell Paul. But that was necessary in order to make the triumphant third act more exciting and moving, even if we already knew how it would all end.


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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,405, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:

$101,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,900,434
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2.35 : 1
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