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Saving Grace (2000)

A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Jacques (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Vince
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Harvey
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Mrs Hopkins
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Storyline

A widow discovers after her husband's suicide that he has mortgaged everything they own and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Enter her gardener, who is struggling to make a few marijuana plants grow in a hidden location and suggests that she use her green house to help grow the plants and sell them to make the money both need. He is wanting to get married, but needs capital. What he doesn't know is that his girl friend is pregnant and thus fears that they will be busted for growing marijuana. While supposedly working, the whole village is well aware of the endeavor and is hoping for their success. When the plants come in, Grace takes the crop to London and tries to sell it to a ruthless, but charming drug dealer. Everything busts loose from there. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Grace's vicar thought he knew all about the burning bush... See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

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1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardín de la alegría  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£402,915 (UK) (21 May 2000)

Gross:

$12,115,757 (USA) (15 October 2000)
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Trivia

When Dr. Bamford (Martin Clunes) and two townsmen witness the extreme phosphorescent lighting at Grace's (Brenda Blethyn) hothouse, the two townsmen want to call the local police and the RAF, for fear about Grace's well-being. Dr. Bamford discourages them, and advises then that Grace is helping apply her special growing techniques to certain medicinal plants. The townsmen ask Dr. Bamford whether he ever tried the plants, and he allows that he did, once, while in college, but he didn't inhale. That is an obvious allusion to former President Clinton, who famously indicated he tried marijuana during his Rhodes Scholar years in England, but didn't inhale. See more »

Goofs

The level of Grace's wine when she's talking to her late husband's lover. It goes from half to almost full as the camera switches from a side to a behind view. Also, when the wine is poured, the bottle is not tipped up long enough and it doesn't make a long enough pouring sound to put that much wine in the glass. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Stewart: I avoid confrontation. If you grew up in Glasgow in the 1970's you'd avoid confrontation too. All I want is a easy life. I want to grow some vegetables, smoke some weed, sing carols at Christmas time and who knows? One day I'd like to be a dad and raise a couple of fucking children. But that's it! I've had it! I've fucking had enough. I'm going! No more Mr. Cuddly Toy!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the movie title appears and then turns to smoke & blows away while you hear someone exhale. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Doc Martin (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Accidental Angel
by Sherena Dugani
[End Credits]
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Delightful
22 April 2004 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

Excellent view of a mature woman, that is going to lose everything (even the pruner has a mortgage). The way she gets involved into this special "business", the innocence, and the true love that exists between the people of a little town, it's mixed perfectly to give us as result a fresh, light and funny comedy. I couldn't stop laughing with a very funny scene of two old ladies in a drugstore.

I love European films, and with movies like this one, my opinion grows stronger. A movie that I also recommend with my eyes closed, in this same genre, is Waking Ned Devine.

Saving Grace, a comedy that many friends enjoyed as much as myself. You will love it.


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