Greenfingers (2001)



Critic Consensus: Greenfingers follows the British feel-good formula of underdogs somehow beating the odds, adding nothing new to this already saturated genre.

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Colin Briggs is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to Edgefield, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds. Once there, Colin meets Fergus Wilks, an eccentric "lifer" who gives Colin an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present. He begrudgingly plants the seeds in Edgefield's hard, infertile soil and, much to both men's surprise; the seeds flourish along with the two men's friendship. Impressed by the sight of the blooming flowers, the prison Governor commissions Colin, Fergus and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield's first garden. When the prison garden attracts the attention of flamboyant gardening expert, Georgina Woodhouse, she offers to sponsor the inmates in their first garden show. As a result of gardening, Colin gains a renewed lease on life, a newly found love for Georgina's daughter and a chance to compete at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show--the largest outdoor garden event in the world.
R (for language and some sexuality)
Comedy , Drama
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Clive Owen
as Colin Briggs
Helen Mirren
as Georgina Woodhouse
David Kelly
as Fergus Wilks
Warren Clarke
as Governor Hodge
Danny Dyer
as Tony
Natasha Little
as Primrose Woodhouse
Sally Edwards
as Susan Hodge
Lucy Punch
as Holly
Kevin McMonagle
as Laurence
David Lyon
as Home Secretary
Jan Chappell
as Peggy Tortworth
Timothy Carlton
as Hampton Court Official
Sudha Bhuchar
as Prison Board Official
Ian East
as Prison Board Official
Paul Ridley
as Prison Board Official
Brenda Cowling
as Book Shop Customer
Trevor Brown
as Royal Horticultural Society President
Lindsay Swan
as Royal Horticultural Society Publicist
Cate Fowler
as Nurse
Chris Barnes
as Reporter
Emily Stott
as Interviewer
Elwyn A. David
as Prison Bodybuilder
James Wooley
as Parole Judge
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Critic Reviews for Greenfingers

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

As synthetic as a rubber rose.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Can be cute, and even heartwarming at times. But all too often, it's nearly insufferable.

October 8, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Greenfingers


Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Danny Dyer, Warren Clarke ? sounds like a pretty good line up of Actors, yet this story is so ridiculous, it has to be true!! Having only caught the film just a little way in, there was hope that this could turn into a pretty good film, unfortunately that wasn't the case and I have to say, I can't believe that such a cast would have associated themselves with such a silly film, this should have been a one off TV Drama.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


i like this film it was amusing and a pretty good storyline the performances were god and its worth a watch

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Silly and sweet. Nothing more and nothing less than what it intends to be.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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