The Parole Officer 2001

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TV comedian Steve Coogan makes the move to the big screen with this crime caper. Parole officer Simon Garden (Coogan) is transferred from Blackpool to Manchester and soon finds himself on the trail of corrupt cop Burton (Stephen Dillane). Burton then realises what Simon is up to and threatens to frame him for a recently committed murder if he doesn't leave it alone. The proof of Simon's innocence is a CCTV tape which shows Burton committing the murder, but the cop has the tape locked safely away in a bank vault. So the resourceful Simon rounds up a gang of inept ex-criminals, all former clients of his, and begins drawing up plans to break into the vault and retrieve the evidence.

Starring:
Ben Miller, Stephen Dillane
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Ben Miller, Stephen Dillane, Steven Waddington, Om Puri, Lena Headey, Steve Coogan
Director John Duigan
Genres Comedy
Studio Video Vision
Rental release 18 February 2002
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Other Formats

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 May 2015
Format: DVD
The redoubtable Steve Coogan plays Simon Garden, a thirty-something Parole Officer, with a staggering lack of professional success. He's had 1000 parolees under his care and only 3 haven't returned to a life of crime. He works for the Parole Board in Manchester and discovers some bent cops operating in the local police force, led by the extremely violent Detective Inspector Burton, who strangles a man to death whilst Simon's watching. D.I. Burton buys Simon's silence about the crime by threatening to frame him for the murder.
An extremely pretty female police officer, Emma, befriends Simon, and becomes involved in his plan to rob a bank, which is holding a video tape of the murder. Simon needs the tape to prove his innocence and is soon rounding up a team of miscreants, namely some of his parolees, to help him carry out the bank job...
This is a fairly enjoyable action comedy, which is less campy and lampoonish than a Carry On flick or Naked Gun movie, it's vibe is more similar to a spoof like Shaun Of The Dead. Coogan plays Simon like a watered down version of Alan Partridge, i.e. still somewhat socially inept and occasionally prone to placing his foot in his mouth, but significantly more self-aware and tactful. The scene in a museum with a phallic statue is absolutely hilarious, whilst Simon and Emma have a very nice chemistry together. Stars like Simon Pegg and Jenny Agutter make very fleeting cameo appearances.
All in all, this is a reasonably polished heist flick, with two or three extremely funny scenes, but lacking a little bit of magic. It's no Carry On Up The Khyber, more's the pity, but still, it's a solid enough 3.5 star picture.
Thank you very much for reading the review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doi Ling on 21 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
You'd think that a man, who has just been punched on the nose by 2 scary looking guys and is trying to make a dramatic escape from the top of a roof, would do a bit more than say, "Augh...that hurt!" However, that's what makes it funny.
"The Parole Officer" is a nice little package of a comedy regarding the efforts of a somewhat quirky yet kind-hearted guy who decides to retrieve the evidence for a murder at all costs. The film displays everyday morality, and Steve Coogan performs marvallously well here - "I saw a man strangle a human being!...Well, an accountant."
This film is worth your money and time to watch. The great thing about is that it is not something typically British that is set in London, y'know, those stereotypes of Hugh Grant, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
There are plenty of laughs to be had in this charming little movie. The script is fresh from the word go; it bounces around the right side of funny and Coogan's comedic dexterity is put to great use. It's a real shame that he didn't do more of this before being tempted over the pond for dross like "the other guys". It's a typically british heist / comedy movie and is very funny at times. The set up, involving murder by a corrupt police officer and the bank heist to retrieve the evidence is wonderful and there isn't a bum note in the cast.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By thinkpink on 25 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
My older brother came home one day after a visit to the cinema. He said to me 'I've seen the best film ever, even better than Toy Story Two!' (lol) So he recieved the DVD of The Parole Officer for his birthday and together we witnesed the greatest film ever made.
The story takes place in Manchester where we meet the hero, Simon Garden (Steve Coogan) working as a parole officer. Simon is a hilarious character who manages to muck up every move me makes. Simon somehow finds himself in a spot of trouble when he is accused of a murder he didnt commit. The only proof of his innocence is a security video - but the tape is locked inside a bank vault. He gathers his ex-clients who have all succeeded in breaking their way out of crime and are conquering the businness world. Asking for their help in breaking into a bank was a difficult move for Simon, but as he explains his situation they eventually agree to help. This is no easy task for master criminals,for a bunch of losers, it's a mission impossible!
This film is for audiences of all ages that will make u laugh and cry ( with more laughter! hehe ). It's packed with stunts, action, romance and loads of laughter! Thankyou for reading my review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Noon on 19 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Some one described this as an Ealing type comedy. Ealing comedies, as far as I recall, did not pander to american audiences. There is a scene in this film where they appear to be running up, or down, an external fire escape, I've never seen an external fire escape attached to any building in the UK, please correct me if I'm wrong, in america these are ubiquitous!!!

At the end of the film there appears to be a bloke dancing on stage wearing an american police officers uniform??

It seems to be endemic, within films these days, to cater for the american market. Although this film has it's comic moments it is spoiled, for me at least, because it is so obviously pandering to the people across the pond, as are so many home grown films, and it is such a shame. It's all down to money, as usual.

Ealing comedy it isn't. Even Peter Sellers, like most prominent actors, were seduced by the dollar, eventually!! Coogan is no different, funny man or not!!It is after all called the parole officer, no such job title exists within the UK!!

The UK, 53rd state of america, very sad to see it happening in the film industry, but it seems like it's the only place that funding exists for film makers.

The film industry in the UK appears to have died and gone to LA a long time ago!
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