6.81 h 25 min2001X-RayR
Inmate Colin Briggs (Clive Owen) is introduced to gardening and when the thriving prison garden attracts the attention of flamboyant gardening expert, Georgina Woodhouse (Helen Mirren), she offers to sponsor the inmates in an upcoming flower show. At the Hampton Court Flower Show, Colin meets Georgina's daughter and a romance blooms.
Joel Hershman
Helen MirrenClive OwenDavid Kelly
English [CC]Español [CC]
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Warren ClarkeDanny DyerAdam FogertyLucy PunchNatasha Little
Trudie StylerTravis SwordsDaniel J. Victor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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Mary B.Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Glimpse into Odd Little Facts About England
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Another of many quaint British films showcasing little known parts of English life. This time it deals with a small experimental minimum security progressive rehabilitation program, where a few of the inmates persuade the warden to allow them to start a gardening project there is no money to fund. Yes, it will strike many jaded film viewers as mostly predictable, sappy, & trying way too hard to get the message across. But if one watches it just for fun, then it's quite enjoyable. I applaud Trudy Styler (Sting's wife) for producing it as well as Elton John & Bruce Springsteen for musical contributions. $2 million may be "pocket change" as far as movie budgets are concerned; but, I'd much rather watch movies like this one than a big budget Transformers action movie. This little rough cut gem provided me with a tidbit of information I wouldn't have known otherwise & I have made it one of my life's goals to learn at least one new thing everyday. Personally, I liked this film very much & felt a refreshed love for life after watching it.
16 people found this helpful
Yiannis PReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Plants Do Not Answer Back--Or Do They?
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What a pleasure it was to watch a movie where romance is not at the center of the plot and where action, despite the prisoner protagonists, involves no shoot-'em-ups. It is the story of how, with the assist of a kindly warden heading a progressive prison and under the tutelage of an old man with a record of multiple murders, a trio of prisoners gets bitten by the gardening bug. With the further assist of Helen Mirren's character, a renown author of gardening books, they hone their gardening skills and make their garden flourish. This feel-good movie with an occasional corny scene (a kissing scene of an inmate and Mirren's daughter is "coincidentally" accompanied by fireworks), should leave most viewers eminently satisfied. 4 1/2 stars
59 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Gem of a movie.
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What a gem to come across. Helen Mirren and Clive Owen in this funny true story showing than not everyone in prison is incorrigible. A wonderful movie you (and I) probably never would have known existed.
45 people found this helpful
Barbara81Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific story, terrific actors. Must see.
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I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this movie. Terrific story, terrific actors, great looking gardens. I decided to watch this because I will watch any movie starring Helen Mirren because she never disappoints. And she delivered this time also. All of the actors were a delight. I recommend this movie to all. It's pure entertainment, a real lift. Made me feel good.
29 people found this helpful
sensu01001101Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this movie more for the interaction of the prisoners ...
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I kept passing by this movie on my queue multiple times. While this film starts slowly, the story held my attention. I enjoyed this movie more for the interaction of the prisoners than the romantic subplot. Greenfingers seems almost like an alternate universe where certain prisoners with serious crimes in their past are sent to a prison which encourages change for the better rather than reinforcing the brutality of their pasts. This movie is based on a true story of celebrated inmate gardeners, I suspect that the love angle inserted in this story is fabricated as it appears to be the weakest portion. However the arc of the prisoners and their characters are much more interesting. Either by luck or design the prison and its inmates are the major portion of this movie. The cinematography is beautiful. How could it not be with English gardens being almost a main character. The standout human actors are Clive Owen (as prisoner, Colin Briggs) and Helen Mirren (as an expert as familiar with PR as she is with gardening, Georgina Woodhouse). Supporting players David Kelly (prisoner, Fergus Wilks), Warren Clarke (as Governor (aka head of Edgefield Prison) Hodge, Adam Fogerty (as prisoner, Raw) and Paterson Joseph (as prisoner, Jimmy) hold their own against the professionalism and talent of Owen and Mirren. The ending is uplifting, yet not too obviously clichéd.
4 people found this helpful
Just As I AmReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Remarkable true story, enjoyable film
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Helen Mirren. Just love her. This movie was much better than I imagined it would be. I do tend to look for stars when I go to watch a movie, then read about it more. But didn't realize she was in this. Seemed a bit surreal, overall; the story of the prisoners, the hard-to-imagine romance, her openness......, so knowing it was a true story definitely helped pull the movie off.
9 people found this helpful
Happy AmazonerReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful, mostly "true", uplifting movie!
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I loved this movie!! Perfect for most all ages and audience types! I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this movie. Great acting, moved right along, unexpected story with an amazing ending! I am a very "green" person, so perhaps that increased my appreciation - but I think most anyone would like it! No fiery car crashes, torrid love scenes or filthy language. Just a great story, very well acted with beautiful scenery!
21 people found this helpful
AM/FMReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing! Worth watching just for the fun of it!
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From all the negative 1-star reviews on this movie, I find there is only one honest review. That viewer simply stated that they didn't care for this movie. Not all restaurants serve just one dish. Most have a menu because different people like different things. Movies are the same. All the other 1-star reviewers tried desperately to justify their dislike for this film by claiming poor acting, or describing disgusting analogies with personal mutilation examples. Absolutely unnecessary! The same people don't criticize someone else's meal. My suggestion is watch this for yourself if you feel you might be interested in it. I like gardening. I've had some experience with prision reform and recidivism. I've found other prison programs that break the norm to have good results and so this seemed interesting. It does have a very British feel to it and that can lead an American audience used to Bruce Willis and Wesley Snypes shoot-em-ups to think this movie moves slow. It's not slow. It's called "Pacing". It moves through the changes of emotion and personal bonding. It's based upon a true story and those don't have instant gratification. Evolution takes time. It may not be your "cup of tea" as they say in England and if so, so be it. But please don't attempt to trash someone's hard work by claiming the acting or the camerawork was inferior. Simply say, you prefer another type of movie or say nothing.
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