Joel Hershman (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Greenfingers goes where Lucky Break feared to tread - into the prison system to deliver a heart-warming tale of redemption. Clive Owen stars as the no-hope convict who's transferred to an open prison. An incident with a packet of African violet seeds means he's commanded by the governor to create a garden. His patch attracts the attention of a gardening guru (Helen Mirren) and soon Owen's team are doing out-reach work and entering the Hampton Court Palace show. Based on a true story, this is desperately sweet, particularly with regard to the burgeoning romance between Owen and Natasha Little as Mirren's daughter. The end result is hardly earth-shattering, but at least it's more entertaining than Ground Force and its ilk.


Inmates at an open prison discover a passion for gardening and create a patch that attracts the attention of a haughty celebrity horticulturist, who encourages them to compete in a prestigious competition at Hampton Court. Fact-based comedy drama, starring Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, David Kelly, Warren Clarke and Natasha Little.

Cast & Crew

Colin Briggs Clive Owen
Georgina Woodhouse Helen Mirren
Fergus Wilks David Kelly
Governor Hodge Warren Clarke
Tony Danny Dyer
Raw Adam Fogerty
Jimmy Paterson Joseph
Primrose Woodhouse Natasha Little
Director Joel Hershman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: WinchesterGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 14 Sep 2001