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:
Steve Coogan, Lena Headey
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 28 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
From the tone of some of the negative reviews, there's no pleasing some people. 'The Parole Officer' is exactly what it looks like, a quirky and professional vehicle for Steve Coogan. His pedantic and klutzy parole officer Simon Garden is a fine creation, not as toe-curlingly embarrassing as the great Alan Partridge but more appealing. (Coogan actually looks handsome from time to time.) The comedy isn't exactly subtle, but I wouldn't have wanted to lose the gloriously bad-taste moment when Coogan is taken on a rollercoaster by one of his former clients and ends up repeatedly puking into the face of the angelic little girl sitting behind him.

The supporting cast more than take care of business, with Stephen Dillane as a sleazebag detective and Lena Headey as a rather implausibly gorgeous policewoman. It's a fine pizza movie without pretensions to being anything more.
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8 of 9 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Bate on 18 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
This film is one from my childhood, and soon, just for the hell of it, i'm going to my local HMV to buy it, whether its £3.00 or £8.00 I dont care, I need to show my appreciation to Steve Coogan and Ben Miller and who ever else is in it, because I love it so much I cant tell you.
The plot is quick moving, very witty and pure. The character of Simon Garden is a known one, we have all met him lets face it. His accomplaces are all hilarious in they're own way, whether its George in his indian accent, "He Means a computer Virus, he's taking the Piss!" or Geoff the big bloke who knocks people out with one punch. They are all well formed and are so real.
i ust love this film, It might not be for all but I had to bump the stars up to show that I bloody love it, and always have since we watched it on NTL's "Front Row" in around 2003, those were the days.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Cure VINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
If you like Partrdige or Coogans run, you'll like this. If you like good English comedy films such as The Full Monty or Jonny English, then you'll love this, as its one of the best Ive seen in the last few years. The plot is basically a social worker who see's the good in others and has to fight his former employer over possession of a video tape that will send him to jail where he belongs. Its a great cast and a fantastic script, and Coogan is on top form, so buy it now while its on such a great offer!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By saintlyboy@caramail.com on 15 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Any steve cougan fan will love this film, although it is not as funny as perhaps Naked Gun or the Airplane trilogy, it is witty and clever with a sweet little story line.
There are lots of Alan Partridge type jokes and dry humour to be had - and of course there's the roller coaster scene. You can but chuckle!
Been waiting for the release of this little film for ages and I'm gonna buy it straight away - suggest you do the same.
It's great it's funny and it's British. Be proud, be very proud!
Mark Reynolds
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Format: DVD
I've had a terrible week this week and watching this really cheered me up. The Parole Officer is not Alan Partridge the movie but a fairly safe british comedy. Coogan's main character, Simon Garden is not as monsterous as Partridge but is just as socially inept. He is more likable, inspiriing loyality in his few friends and painfully conservative. As a result you feel sorry for him when he is framed for murder and will punch the air when he gets the girl the (truly gorgeous Lena Heady). There a few belly laughs but the climax did make me smile.

Also the face Garden pulls when he fights is hilarous.
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