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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).



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul
... Julz
... Yvonne
... Roland
... Braddon
... Alessandra
... Matthew
... Choirmaster
... Hydrangea
... Dr. Thorpe
... Signora Fiorentino
... Luciano Pavarotti
Maria Del Monte ... Alessandra's Grandmother
Duccio Camerini ... Alessandra's Father
Luca Fiamenghi ... Gerhardt


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).

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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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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Paul Potts Project  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,160,416 (United Kingdom), 25 October 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,405, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$89,722, 7 November 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though being a decent singer, Corden's singing is done by Paul Potts himself. See more »


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 »


Julz: See you, Brad.
Paul: Bye, Cameron.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 30 May 2016 (2016) See more »


Sweeter Than Fiction
Written by Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift
Performed by Taylor Swift
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Best Movie in Years
27 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

A real movie should entertain you -- with a great story line and a message that touches you; with real acting that allows you to connect with the characters to make you believe them -- make you love them or hate them. It should include real cinematography, directing, editing and music that are like the ingredients of a fine gourmet meal. Each element has its own unique flavor, texture and color, but when put together, the end result is a delectable, savory treat for the senses.

This movie was just that. It is a beautiful love story about an incredible couple played very convincingly by Corden and Roach.

Corden did a spectacular acting job. Watching his facial expressions and the look in his eyes during different key points of the plot was thrilling, moving -- at times taking our breath away.

If anyone doesn't absolutely love Alexandra Roach in this, there is no explanation. We couldn't get enough of her on the screen. All the cast members did a stellar job.

We felt both the beautiful classical and catchy popular music blended in with the already-spectacular film, and worked to make it even more of a top-notch hit.

"One Chance" is an incredible movie based on a true story, and it was wonderfully and skillfully put together. We can honestly say we wouldn't have changed a thing. It didn't insult us; the filmmakers felt no need to insert anything gratuitous for its own sake, as most filmmakers do these days. It was realistically and tastefully done. It made us laugh. It brought tears to our eyes. It made us angry. It made us cheer inside. Bravo to all involved. It was indeed, a delicious feast. We can't wait to experience it again.

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