One Chance

Contains moderate language and sex references

About this Film

From mobile phone salesman to chart-topping millionaire, comedy biopic 'One Chance' tells the rags-to-riches tale of 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts.

In 2007, Paul Potts (James Corden) was an amateur opera singer and shop worker facing bankruptcy. But all that was about to change. Auditioning for TV talent show 'Britain's Got Talent', his Nessun Dorma rendition floored the judges and the public alike. Soon, this modest tenor shot into the limelight embarking on a global tour and releasing a hit album.

Directed by David Frankel, 'One Chance' also features Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook and Colm Meaney.

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  • Cast members
    James Corden, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook
  • Running time
    103 minutes
  • Directed by
    David Frankel
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Reviewer: kalajoozDate: 2013-11-05

Absolutely loved this, , saw it twice in a week. James Cordon is wonderful ,

Not to be missed

Reviewer: K9Date: 2013-11-03

Not to be missed! It is a lovely film to see of a real life story of an achiever who blesses us with his talent of a beautiful voice. Brilliant acting. Highly recommended!

95% inaccurate

Reviewer: groucho2Date: 2013-11-02

Paul Potts was raised and worked in Bristol til moving to be a manager in Port Talbot. Paul's dad was a Bristol bus driver. The Welsh link is tenuous and the resulting script contrived and embarrassing along with Colm Meaney,'s accent.


Reviewer: DeborahDate: 2013-11-01

Some critics blasted this film. Well if you want to remove a couple of stars because Paul Potts was born, raised and lives in Port Talbot but James Corden plays him without a Welsh accent then you are being petty and ignoring the gems within this film. The film covers all the time before Mr P became the first winner of 'Britain's Got Talent' by singing opera to the masses. Now I would say I don't like opera, especially the soprano stuff, but we all know loads of operatic arias becuase they're used in adverts on TV and for sporting occasions and those are readily accessible, recognisable and 'good stuff'. We see young Paul grow up, running away from bullies (fat, ugly and singing opera he was a bit of a target), working in the Carphone Warehouse, trying to overcome his nerves and meeting the one and only love of his life. Through all this, singing opera is his only ambition and though it's called 'One Chance' it's not quite right, it's more 'Last Chance' though I won't go into that. He manages to get into an operatic school in Venice and the scenery and filming there is beautiful. It made me want to visit again. I've been there three times and the last time sailed in on a cruise ship with views of Venice you'd never see any other way. Classical arias where played from the bridge and I tell you there was much dabbing of eyes on deck. The scenery and the music just gelled and created an emotion from within that I can still conjure. This little film was a bit like that; great things happened for someone so ungreat that you couldn't help but love him, his determination and his hearfelt passion - with a tissue at the ready. 3.5

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