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The Parole Officer. Simon Garden (Steve Coogan).

The Parole Officer

The Parole Officer.

The Parole Officer

Offbeat comedy starring Steve Coogan as an inept parole officer efforts to aims to recover a CCTV tape that proves he is innocent of a murder

Genre
Film
Released
2001
Starring
Steve Coogan, Om Puri, Steven Waddington, Ben Miller, Emma Williams, Stephen Dillane, Emma Gilmour, Susan Jane Tanner and others
Writers
Steve Coogan and Henry Normal
Director
John Duigan
Producers
Duncan Kenworthy, Andrew Macdonald and Callum McDougall

Simon Garden is a singularly inept parole officer who has not had terribly good luck with his clients - after many years on the job, only three of the former prisoners he's been looking after have avoided returning to a life of crime.

Garden is transferred from his post in Blackpool to a new assignment in Manchester, and it isn't long before he finds himself in hot water. Garden happened to be on hand when Burton, a crooked cop, murdered a drug dealer with whom he had been involved in a cocaine deal...

Realising he's in trouble, Burton rearranges the evidence so that Garden looks like the killer. A surveillance camera captured Burton's crime on tape, and now Garden must get his hands on the tape in order to clear his name.

However, Burton has cleverly stashed the tape in a top security bank vault to keep it away from Garden, so the parole officer must stage a break-in to collect the evidence - and he chooses as his accomplices George, Jeff and Colin, the three parolees who've stayed out of trouble until now.

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