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Greenfingers (2000)

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Release Date
• USA: Jul 13, 2001
• UK: 14 Sep 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 2, 2002

Budget GBP 5,000,000

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Greenfingers Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and some sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country UK, USA

Studio Boneyard Entertainment, Overseas Filmgroup

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Prison, True Story, Love

Plot: Paula Deitz's 1998 New York Times article "Free To Grow Bluebells in England," focusing on the real-life gardening exploits of British prisoners, serves as the inspiration for this fictional tale about finding beauty in the most unlikely of places.

When we first meet Colin Briggs (Clive Owen) he is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to the minimum security HMP Edgefield, an open prison in the Cotswolds. While at Edgefield, Colin meets Fergus Wilks (David Kelly), an eccentric "lifer" who has come to terms with the fact that he will live out his remaining days within the confines of the prison.

When Colin receives an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present from Fergus, he begrudgingly plants them in Edgefield's hard, infertile soil. Much to both men's surprise, the seeds flourish and, by Spring, have blossomed, along with the two men's friendship. The prison Governor, impressed by the sight of the beautiful double violets, commissions Colin, Fergus, and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield's first garden.

The inmates' garden attracts the attention and praise of flamboyant gardening expert Georgina Woodhouse (Helen Mirren). Georgina is so taken with the men's unconventional gardening style and

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 Directed by
Joel Hershman
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Paint It Black
 Written by
Joel Hershman
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Paint It Black
Clive Owen
The Bourne Identity, Closer, King Arthur
Helen Mirren
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Gosford Park, Excalibur
David Kelly
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waking Ned, Mean Machine
Warren Clarke
A Clockwork Orange, Top Secret!, Firefox
Danny Dyer
Mean Machine, Human Traffic, The Football Factory
Adam Fogerty
Little Voice, Submerged, Incognito
Paterson Joseph
The Beach, Ćon Flux, The Baby Juice Express
 Music By
Guy Dagul
On the Edge

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