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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?


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


In an establishing aerial shot captioned "Port Talbot 1985", the M4 Briton Ferry Viaduct elevated section can be seen. This section of the M4 motorway was not completed until 1993. See more »


Julz: Wow. I knew you were mad for opera but I didn't know you were completely psycho for it.
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Referenced in America's Got Talent: Finals, Week 1 Results (2013) See more »


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Words and Music by James Paterson, Kevin Rowland and Kevin Adams © 1982
Performed by Dexys Midnight Runners
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Kevin Adams Music
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Corden sings again
14 July 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

To be fair to the film, they got the Pol Pot jokes out of the way early on in the movie. The rest of the film is a wannabe, quirky, humorous, rags to riches feel good film with every cliché thrown at it.

Personally I think James Corden is a decent enough actor and he has proved that on stage several times such as The History Boys. However he has his detractors who cannot get over his comedy roles or just because he is fat or laddish in behaviour.

Based loosely true events Corden plays Paul Potts a mobile phone salesman who has always loved opera. He has been bullied since he was young, shy, gawky, overweight and always seems to be down on his luck and could never get that big break. Even his father seems to be embarrassed by him.

In reality Paul Potts was an elected Lib Dem councillor for several years, his siblings have been ignored in the film and he sang in several Opera productions on his way to the big time.

We see Potts save money to go to an opera school in Venice, he auditions in front of Pavarotti but gets too nervous. He falls in love with a girl he met through the internet but every time something good happens bad luck gets in his way such as a burst appendix or a bike accident. That is until he wins Britain's got Talent.

Its a film that is aimed at the audience who enjoyed his performance in the talent show, voted for him and purchased his album. I have no idea how good of an opera singer he really is. These days the Classical charts are full of what I term Karaoke opera singers who sing snippets of popular opera tunes, you know the bits even philistines like me would recognise such as 'Just one Cornetto' or is it 'O sole mio?'

The film produced by Simon Cowell's production company with product placement by Carphone Warehouse is heavily manipulative and contrived just like some of Cowell's shows.

I found the film to be tedious, unoriginal and unfunny. The cast do their best with a poor script, Corden is charming enough more to with his skills as an actor than the actual cookie cutter screenplay itself.

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