One Chance (film)

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One Chance
One Chance 2013.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Frankel
Written byJustin Zackham
Produced bySimon Cowell
Michael Menchel
Krys Thykier
Brad Weston
StarringJames Corden
Julie Walters
CinematographyFlorian Ballhaus
Edited byWendy Greene Bricmont
Music byTheodore Shapiro
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company (United States)
Entertainment Film Distributors (United Kingdom)[1]
Release dates
  • 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 25 October 2013 (2013-10-25) (UK)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$12 million[2]
Box office$10.9 million[3]

One Chance is a 2013 British-American biographical film about opera singer and Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts,[4] directed by David Frankel and written by Justin Zackham. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[5]


The film also features archival footage of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan, and Ant & Dec from Britain's Got Talent.


Director David Frankel reduced his directing fee of US$6 million to US$1.2 million in exchange for a larger share of the film's gross.[6] One Chance was shot in Italy and the United Kingdom.[7][8]


The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2013 and released in cinemas on 25 October 2013.


As of October 2021 it holds an approval rating of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10; the consensus states: "Predictable and sentimental, yet thoroughly agreeable, One Chance is an unapologetic crowd-pleaser that achieves its admittedly modest goals."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 49 out of 100 based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10]


One Chance: The Incredible True Story of Paul Potts: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)

The soundtrack was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2013.[11] It was released in the United States the next day via digital download with two extra tracks by The London Session Orchestra,[12] a CD was released on 7 January 2014.[13] It was scored by Theodore Shapiro.[14] "Sweeter Than Fiction" by Taylor Swift was included on the soundtrack and was released as the lead single on 21 October 2013 by Big Machine Records.[15] The single received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.[16]

1."Nessun dorma"Paul Potts2:52
2."Nella Fantasia"Potts4:24
3."Vesti la giubba" (from Pagliacci)Potts3:26
4."E lucevan le stelle"Potts3:10
5."Ich liebe Dich"Potts2:41
6."Time to Say Goodbye" (Con te partirò) (2012 Version)Il Divo4:21
7."I. Allegro con brio" (Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183)Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Bruno Walter4:42
8."Celeste Aida" (from Aida)Potts5:08
9."Farewell to Earth" ("O terra addio" from Aida)Potts and Kylie Watt1:44
10."Introitus Kyrie" (Mozart: Requiem, K. 626) (Remastered)Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis and Angela Maria Blasi2:38
11."Arrivederci Roma" (in B)Vittorio Grigolo3:42
12."'O sole mio"Mario Lanza2:28
13."Che gelida manina" (from La bohème)Potts5:38
14."O soave fanciulla" (from La bohème)Potts and Watt3:15
15."Sweeter than Fiction"Taylor Swift3:55
Total length:54:04
US bonus track[17]
16."Moment of Truth"The London Session Orchestra1:40
Total length:55:44
US exclusive bonus track[12]
17."Venice"The London Session Orchestra3:29
Total length:58:13


  1. ^ a b "One Chance (12A)". Entertainment Film Distributors. British Board of Film Classification. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 Feature Film Production Report" (PDF). Film L.A. 6 March 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ "One Chance (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  4. ^ "James Corden is Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts in first image from One Chance". Metro. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. ^ "One Chance". TIFF. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. ^ THR Staff (29 September 2016). "Hollywood Salaries 2016: Who Got Raises (and Who Didn't), From Movie Stars to Showrunners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Filming wraps on David Frankel's One Chance". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Paul Potts biopic One Chance filming wraps". Digital Spy. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  9. ^ "One Chance". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ "One Chance". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  11. ^ "One Chance [Soundtrack]". (UK), Inc. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  12. ^ a b "One Chance (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". (US), Inc. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  13. ^ "One Chance: The True Story Of Paul Potts (OST)". (US), Inc. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Theodore Shapiro to Score David Frankel's One Chance". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Sweeter than Fiction (From One Chance) - Single by Taylor Swift". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. January 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Golden Globes nominations 2014: The complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  17. ^ "One Chance: The True Story Of Paul Potts Soundtrack". Walmart. Retrieved 13 March 2014.

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