One Chance (film)

One Chance

Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Frankel
Produced by Simon Cowell
Michael Menchel
Krys Thykier
Brad Weston
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Steve Whitney
Written by Justin Zackham
Starring James Corden
Julie Walters
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Edited by Wendy Greene Bricmont
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release dates
  • 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 25 October 2013 (2013-10-25) (UK)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[2]
Box office $10.9 million[3]

One Chance is a 2013 British-American biographical comedy-drama 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]



Director David Frankel cut his directing fee of $6 million to $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 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2013 and released in cinemas on 25 October 2013.


The film received mixed to positive reviews. As of October 2014 it holds an approval rating of 60% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 43 reviews, with an average score of 5.4 out of 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 49/100 rating based on 12 critics, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[10]


One Chance: The Incredible True Story of Paul Potts: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)
Length 54:04
Label Sony Music
Singles from One Chance: The Incredible True Story of Paul Potts: Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Sweeter Than Fiction"
    Released: 21 October 2013

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 compact disc copy 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[15] and was released as the lead single on 21 October 2013 by Big Machine Records.[16] The single received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.[17]

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 & Bruno Walter4:42
8."Celeste Aida" (from Aida)Potts5:08
9."Farewell to Earth"  Potts & Kylie Watt1:44
10."Introitus Kyrie" (Mozart: Requiem, K.626) (Remastered)The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis & 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"  Potts & Watt3:15
15."Sweeter Than Fiction"  Taylor Swift3:55
Total length:54:04
US bonus track[18]
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


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  2. "2013 Feature Film Production Report" (PDF). Film L.A. 6 March 2014. 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. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. "One Chance". TIFF. 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. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
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  10. "One Chance". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  11. "One Chance [Soundtrack]". (UK), Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  12. 1 2 "One Chance (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". (US), Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  13. "One Chance: The True Story Of Paul Potts (OST)". (US), Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  14. "Theodore Shapiro to Score David Frankel's 'One Chance'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  15. Bamigboye, Baz (29 August 2013). "Taylor-made for a maestro: Pop singer Swift so moved by film charting BGT's Paul Potts's rise to unlikely maestro she penned song for it". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  16. "Sweeter Than Fiction (From "One Chance") - Single by Taylor Swift". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
  17. "Golden Globes nominations 2014: The complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  18. "One Chance: The True Story Of Paul Potts Soundtrack". Walmart Stores, Inc. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
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