Colin Briggs is serving a sentence for murder, and has all but given up on life. But after being transferred to an open prison in the heart of the Cotswolds and meeting one of the "lifers" - Fergus - existence takes on a whole new meaning. With his eccentric passion for gardening, the ageing Fergus is the last man Colin would normally team up with. But when he plants some seeds for Fergus - and they grow and blossom - Colin is strangely drawn to the garden. Soon, the inmates are hooked on horticulture, impressing both the Prison Governor and the colourful gardening author, Georgina Woodhouse, who urges the Royal Horticulture Society to sponsor a prisoners' show-garden. Yet Colin finds that he is hooked on more than just roses and violets. In fact, it's a certain Primrose who now consumes his thoughts... Georgina's beautiful and elusive daughter. Based on a true story. Greenfingers is a heart warming and inspiring tale of triumph over adversity.
A wee gem!
- Greenfingers review by 'Tanya from London'
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You rated this film: 4
Inspired by a true story, this is the tale of a group of criminals serving time in prison. Colin Briggs (Clive Owen) and his cell mates are forced to tend to the gardens by the prison warden and soon discover that they have a real talent for this work and end up at the Hampton Court Garden Show. It's a better than average human spirit surmounting the odds story and is well acted/directed. Perfect Sunday afternoon viewing.
Rather pleasant, lightweight British comedy - mildly entertaining
- Greenfingers review by RP
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You rated this film: 3
I was looking for films with Clive Owen and came across this rather pleasant, lightweight British comedy...
I usually find Mr Owen to be a bit of a 'wooden' actor but here his singularly unsmiling features work well as a prisoner who finds redemption through gardening. The film has an excellent cast - the aforementioned Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Warren Clarke, the late David Kelly and also the tiresome Danny Dyer (yes, I'm sure many like him - but not me...).
It tells an somewhat old-fashioned tale of how a group of prisoners at an open prison are redeemed, their lives turned round, by a new-found interest in gardening, culminating in an entry to a prestigious RHS show and with a little twist at the end.
It's the sort of film that seems so very British and could probably be described as 'charming'. Not bad, undemanding, mildly entertaining - I'll give it 3/5 stars.