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Year: 2001
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Film Four
Cast: James Nesbitt, Olivia Williams, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy, Lennie James, Christopher Plummer, Frank Harper, Ron Cook
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Country: UK
USA & UK: 107 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references
UK Certificate: 12 contains infrequent strong language and a moderate sexual reference
USA Release Date: 19 April 2002 (Limited Release - wider)
USA Release Date: 5 April 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 24 August 2001


Something strange is going on at HM Prison Long Rudford. The hard men of B wing are going soft. They're putting on costumes and wigs and taking singing and dancing lessons. They've turned Thesp, for an awfully amateur production of the prison governor's musical, Nelson - The Musical.

But all is not what is seems. Behind the theatrical posturing lies an elaborate escape plan. Ringleaders Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James) have come up with what they consider a watertight scheme to coast their way to freedom. But all is not plain sailing when a romance blossoms between Jimmy and his co star Annabel Sweep (Olivia Williams), the beautiful Prisoner Support officer, and Head of Prison Security Perry (Ron Cook) smells something fishy. Will it be curtains for Jimmy and his gang, or will they pull off the performance of their lives? And for Jimmy, will the choice be love or liberty?


Commentary by James Nesbitt and Peter Cattaneo
Cast & Crew Interviews
Deleted Scenes (TBC)
Theatrical Trailer

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