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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?

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  1. Ronan Bennett


  2. Peter Cattaneo


Top Billed Cast

  1. James Nesbitt

    James Nesbitt

    James 'Jimmy' Hands

  2. Olivia Williams

    Olivia Williams


  3. Timothy Spall

    Timothy Spall


  4. Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer

    Graham Mortimer

  5. Bill Nighy

    Bill Nighy


  6. Lennie James

    Lennie James


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 47m

Budget -

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Release Information

  • August 24, 2001
    12, Theatrical



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