The Parole Officer

Character: Emma
Original Release: August 10, 2001 (UK)
Directed by: John Duigan
Written by: Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Produced by: Duncan Kenworthy, Andrew Macdonald, Callum McDougall
Running Time: 93 minutes
Box Office: £902,028 (UK, Opening Weekend)

Failed parole officer Simon Garden is framed for a murder committed by one of Manchester's leading police officers. The only evidence proving his innocence is a CCTV video tape locked inside a bank vault. With the help of four inept ex-criminals and token love interest Emma, Garden must break into the bank and steal the CCTV footage in order to clear his name.

Cast & Characters

Steve Coogan (Simon Garden), Emma Gilmour (Secretary), Susan Jane Tanner (Stern Woman), Iain Mitchell (Tribunal Chairman), James Smith (Tribunal Man), Om Puri (George), Steven Waddington (Jeff), Ben Miller (Colin), Emma Williams (Kirsty), Stephen Dillane (Inspector Burton), Bruce McGregor (First Policeman), Justin Burrows (Mills), Simon Pegg (Deflated Husband (Julia Davis (Insinuating Wife), Omar Sharif (Victor)

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Filming Locations:
  • Delph, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
  • Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Stockport Canal, Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
  • Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
  • Shaw, Grains Rd., Oldham, England, UK
  • Lena Headey starred in the TV Series Game of Thrones (2011-2019) together with Stephen Dillane as well.
  • Lena Headey starred in the movie Face (1997) together with Steven Waddington as well.

  • Despite the title of the film, Simon Garden is portrayed and referred to as a Probation Officer throughout, which is the correct title for his job in both the UK and the U.S.
  • Steve Coogan wanted Roger Moore for a cameo.
  • During the first part of the credits there is footage showing the cast dancing to "Heroes" by David Bowie.

Memorable Quotes

Emma: Is that a gun in your pocket?
Simon Garden: Uh... no, it's my penis.

Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Award - Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer - Steve Coogan, Henry Normal
Empire Awards for Best British Film