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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

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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As a kid he was an outcast. As a young man, his future looked bleak. Throughout it all, his dream seemed impossible... Until he got the chance of a lifetime. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Paul Potts Project See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Potts sings on Britain's Got Talent (2007) is actual footage of the judges and the audience. With some clever editing, Paul Potts is replaced with James Corden on-stage. See more »

Goofs

Where Paul is waiting for Julz as she finishes work, as she comes round the corner there is an EE (Everything Everywhere) store visible behind her. EE didn't exist at this time. See more »

Quotes

Julz: How much money do you need?
Paul: I'm still short about five hundred quid.
Julz: When is it?
Paul: In three weeks. I'm thinking about selling my body.
Julz: How will you get the other 498 pounds?
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Soundtracks

Quando M'en Vo from La Boheme
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed by Kylie Watt
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Heartwarming Story that Leaves No Showbiz Cliché Unturned
28 October 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Structurally speaking, ONE CHANCE follows the trajectory of just about every showbiz rags-to-riches movie you could think of. There's the skeptical father (Colm Meaney) offset by the devoted mother (Julie Walters); the best friend (Mackenzie Crook) who supports Paul (James Corden) despite evidence the contrary; the dramatic reversal scene where Paul is told by Luciano Pavarotti that he will never make the grade; the touching scene where Paul's wife Julie-Ann (Alexandra Roach) vows to support him through thick and thin; and the climactic sequence on the talent show BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT where Paul proves himself in front of the judges including Simon Cowell (the film's Executive Producer). And yet the film has a certain integrity to it: James Corden gives a winning performance as Paul, conveying the uncertainty and gawkiness of the character. Roach makes a convincing lifetime partner - someone who willingly puts up with Paul's basic self-centeredness as she truly believes in him. Meaney turns in a competent turn as a gruff rugby- playing patriarch with a heart of gold. Oh -- and there's the music as well, which is always worth listening to.


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