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The Parole Officer (2001)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 10 August 2001 (UK)
A failed parole officer framed for murder must enlist the help of his former clients to clear his name.

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John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Simon Garden
Emma Gilmour Emma Gilmour ... Secretary
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Stern Woman
Iain Mitchell Iain Mitchell ... Tribunal Chairman
James Smith ... Tribunal Man
Om Puri ... George
Steven Waddington ... Jeff
Ben Miller ... Colin
Emma Williams ... Kirsty
Stephen Dillane ... Inspector Burton
Bruce McGregor Bruce McGregor ... First Policeman
Lena Headey ... Emma
Justin Burrows Justin Burrows ... Mills
Marc Goodhall Marc Goodhall ... Death / Student (as Marc Goodall)
Clive Kneller Clive Kneller ... Deacon
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Storyline

Failed parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police officers. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma (Lena Headey), Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name. Written by Anon

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 August 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das B-Team: Beschränkt und auf Bewährung See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,424,253
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the title of the film, Simon Garden is portrayed and referred to as a Probation Officer throughout, which is the correct title for his job in both the UK and the U.S. See more »

Goofs

A car disappears from behind Simon as he rings George's doorbell. See more »

Quotes

[in the police interview room]
Simon Garden: [smugly] You can't intimidate me.
Inspector Burton: Let me give it a shot. If you open your mouth, I won't lay a finger on you. But you'll go to prison. And when those nonces and those perverts get hold of a clever boy like you - and I'll make sure they do - they'll be queueing up round the block. You're going to end up with an arsehole like a clown's pocket.
Simon Garden: [gulps] That was pretty good.
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Crazy Credits

During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie See more »

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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Ain't Got No - I Got Life
Performed by Nina Simone
Written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni
Published by EMI United Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of RCA Records/BMG Entertainment
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Conventional feelgood caper movie, unconventional lead character
25 August 2002 | by leapsoSee all my reviews

You've seen similar plots, characters, tension/release "will the good guys prevail against unbelievable odds" elements if you've seen any movies at all. But you probably haven't seen too many lead characters like Steve Coogan's rather ungifted parole officer in this.

Coogan specialises in 'little' English characters (though quite a diverse range over his career) - graceless, irritating, of terrific drive but little achievement, and prone to finding the greatest possible embarrassment and humiliation in any situation. They're somewhat like Michael Palin's favourite type of characters (if you know Eric Olthwaite from the TV series "Ripping Yarns" that's probably one of his) but Palin had more affection for them as a rule.

Somewhat unusually for Coogan he displays a certain affection for his parole officer here - he has his triumphs - but this is a more conventional kind of entertainment than Coogan is normally prone to.

It really is just a feelgood comedy caper movie, with a stand-out lead character, but the feelgood stuff is done pretty slickly, and the protagonist is invariably hilarious - Coogan is funny every time he puts himself at the centre of a scene.

I can understand why other long-term Coogan fans are surprised or disappointed about the conventional nature of this movie, as opposed to his TV work. But I think "The Parole Officer" achieves everything it intended to. Steve Coogan is an exceedingly talented man.


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