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Lucky Break (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 19 April 2002 (USA)
Under the leadership of a small-time bank robber, British inmates hatch a plan to escape by staging a musical.

Director:

Peter Cattaneo

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Stephen Fry (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Nesbitt ... James 'Jimmy' Hands / Lord Nelson in Show
Olivia Williams ... Annabel Sweep / Lady Hamilton in Show
Timothy Spall ... Cliff Gumbell
Bill Nighy ... Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain / King George III in Show
Lennie James ... Rudy 'Rud' Guscott / Hardy in Show
Ron Cook ... Mr. Perry, the Guard
Frank Harper ... John Toombes
Raymond Waring ... Darren
Christopher Plummer ... Graham Mortimer
Julian Barratt ... Paul Dean
Peter Wight ... Officer George Barratt
Celia Imrie ... Amy Chamberlain
Peter McNamara Peter McNamara ... Ward
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Kenny
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Old Billy Morris
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Storyline

Half-way through his 12-year prison sentence for an incompetent armed robbery, Jimmy Hands gets a lucky break: he's transferred to a prison from which he can probably escape. He convinces the governor to stage a musical in an old chapel next to the prison's outer wall. He rounds up volunteer actors and puts his escape plan into production. Two other barriers, besides the wall, confront him: the arrival of a nasty inmate, John Toombes, who insists on joining the escape, and Jimmy's feelings of attraction for Anabel, a social worker who agrees to appear in the play. Opening night approaches: is this Jimmy's breakout performance? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An escapist comedy from the director of "The Full Monty"

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Lucky Break See more »

Filming Locations:

Devon, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£348,613 (United Kingdom), 26 August 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,495, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,606, 9 June 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Roger 'Rog' Chamberlain: I understand you fellas have lost interest in long-term imprisonment.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we are shown what happens to the escapees, the security guard, and the warden, along with a short piano song by Cliff. See more »

Connections

References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

54-46 Was My Number
(1966)
Written by Toots Hibbert
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
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That Lord Nelson.
4 March 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was probably made to capitalize on the well-deserved success of the "Full Monty" :both films have a lot in common ;proles / prisoners setting a show up.

The major drawback is Christopher Plummer's part :it's really underwritten and the scenarists obviously favored James Nesbitt's role.Too bad for the "show " sequences are the best in the whole film but we do not laugh enough.Lord Nelson's and "that" Lady Hamilton's song is deliciously stupid and provides a great moment of fun.The inmates ironically singing "we're going home" is a hilarious scene too.

But it seems that the director could not make up his mind :he hesitates between comedy and drama:the sadistic warden is a cliché ,as old as the hills in what is finally a prison movie.

Watchable but the screenplay was not fully exploited.


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