Saving Grace

September 1st, 2000


Saving Grace

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

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.8/10 (9,965 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Nigel Cole

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes

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 including the local constable 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.

Writers: Mark Crowdy, Craig Ferguson

Brenda Blethyn - Grace Trevethyn
Craig Ferguson - Matthew Stewart
Martin Clunes - Dr. Martin Bamford
Tchéky Karyo - Jacques Chevalier (as Tcheky Karyo)
Jamie Foreman - China MacFarlane
Bill Bailey - Vince
Valerie Edmond - Nicky
Tristan Sturrock - Harvey
Clive Merrison - Quentin Rhodes
Leslie Phillips - Rev. Gerald Percy
Diana Quick - Honey Chambers
Phyllida Law - Margaret Sutton
Linda Kerr Scott - Diana Skinner
Denise Coffey - Mrs. Hopkins
Paul Brooke - Charlie

Taglines: Grace's vicar thought he knew all about the burning bush...


Official Website: Fine Line |

Release Date: 1 September 2000

Filming Locations: Boscastle, Cornwall, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £402,915 (UK) (21 May 2000) (289 Screens)

Gross: $12,115,757 (USA) (15 October 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Some of the marijuana plants used in the shooting were real. The British government gave permission to the filming crew the use of 150 marijuana plants, under supervision of the authorities. This meant that the plants had someone guarding them on the set, and watching over its transportation to a nearby storage facility for its safekeeping at night.

Continuity: 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.

Charlie: I'm glad to see she's keeping up the village tradition of total contempt for the law.

User Review

The kind of film Hollywood would never dare make

Rating: 8/10

I just thought it was excellent and I still do. I'm grateful we're still able to see different stuff from what Hollywood almost floods us with. Saving Grace is smart and enjoyable - those who feel offended by the marijuana thing better go see the America's bride sort of movie.

Saving Grace also shows that a funny movie doesn't have to be stupid. I was laughing my ass off during most of it but also pondering questions about what was the female lead character supposed to do to pay her deceased husband's debts.

In a nutshell - a witty storyline with typical English humour and good acting and directing. You couldn't ask for more.



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