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The first feature by director Peter Cattaneo since his award-winning British smash hit The Full Monty, Lucky Break is another comedy in the same mold, this time taking place in prison. Small-time crooks Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James), after years of no success, decide to pull a bank job, where they are both captured and incarcerated. Jimmy is then transferred to Long Rudford, run by the steely security chief Perry (Ron Cook). Jimmy again runs into Rudy (whom he left to take the initial rap) and shares a cell with Cliff (Timothy Spall), a portly man prone to depression. The prison warden, Mortimer (Christopher Plummer), is heavily into Broadway musicals and offers Jimmy an opportunity to stage his long-unproduced work, "Nelson: The Musical," which Jimmy will use as a means to bust out of the prison. After working hard on the new tuner, the boys try to find a way both to do the show and to continue their arduously planned escape. The Sixth Sense's Olivia Williams co-stars as a guard Jimmy falls for, and British comic actors Bill Nighy and Frank Harper appear in supporting roles. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

  • Release date:April 5, 2002


James Nesbitt
as Jimmy
Olivia Williams
as Annabel
Timothy Spall
as Cliff
Bill Nighy
as Roger
Lennie James
as Rudy
Ron Cook
as Perry
Frank Harper
as John Toombes
Raymond Waring
as Darren
Christopher Plummer
as Graham Mortimer
Julian Barratt
as Paul
Peter Wight
as Officer George Barratt
Celia Imrie
as Amy


Peter Cattaneo
Peter Cattaneo
Barnaby Thompson
Ronan Bennett
Anne Dudley
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Fry