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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).


David Frankel


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





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
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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


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:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Paul sings at the British talent show "Britains Got Talent" is actual footage of the judges and the audience. With some clever editing, Paul Potts is replace with James Corden on stage. 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 »


Braddon: You're the lucky one, Paul. You know what you were put on this earth to do. You have a natural talent for singing.
Paul: Not according to Pavarotti.
Braddon: Screw Pavarotti. He's nothing but a binge eater with a comb-over.
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Featured in 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »


Gloria all'Egitto from Aida
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by The RTE Philharmonic Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Conducted by Rico Saccani
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights US Inc.
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Heartwarming film for music lovers
26 January 2015 | by Nina R. ColemanSee all my reviews

This is a touching story with moments of sadness, joy and humor. As far as I can tell it is based pretty closely on the true life of Paul Potts. I liked the realism portrayed in the characters and the situations; for once Hollywood restrained itself. For classical music lovers, the music is a treat. Until the end--after an incredible soundtrack of great pieces written by the masters and performed by true artists, we are treated to an over- credits song by... Taylor Swift. WHAT??? NOOOOOO!!! WHY??? Who on earth made the choice to include that--performer--in this? Nothing worse than having your ears and senses assaulted with garbage after first being primed by some of the best music ever written. That's like having a lunch of fine French cuisine and then being presented with a Twinkie for dessert. Thanks a lot, whatever idiot included that favorite of teenyboppers everywhere in this otherwise-fine film.

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