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The Baker

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1 h 26 min2020X-Ray15
Professional hit man Milo flees the city after failing to carry out a contract, and begins to embrace a leisurely life in the country posing as a baker. But when his former employers come to town, Milo's cover is blown, and the locals start asking for much more than specialty cakes! A hilarious, action-packed comedy starring Damian Lewis, Kate Ashfield, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Michael Gambon.
Directors
Gareth Lewis
Starring
Damian LewisKate AshfieldNikolay Coster-Waldau
Genres
ComedyAction
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Michael Gambon
Producers
Damian LewisJustin WilliamsAdrian SturgesDaniel Shepherd
Studio
Blue Finch Film Releasing
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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3.5 out of 5 stars

199 global ratings

  1. 39% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 21% of reviews have 1 stars
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Adam K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disposable and forgettable
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First off, this film popped into my Amazon Prime list as a 2020 film. I like Damien Lewis and it sounded like a fun film, so I took a punt. After only five minutes, I spotted an actor (Brian Hibberd) who'd been dead for eight years, and I realised that this was not, in fact, a new film. A quick look at Imdb, in fact, shows that this film is from 2007 rather than this year.

That aside, it's a barely passable piece of fitfully amusing froth, a waste of both Lewis and Michael Gambon's presence. Lewis, in particular, is badly served by a banal script and slack direction (the fight scene at the end is amateurishly shot, criminally squandering its potential) as well as being teamed with Kate Ashford, insipid as the romantic interest and stereotypical single, flinty and fiercely independent woman who melts into goo within five minutes in response to Lewis' charms. Their relationship is tiresomely predictable and chemistry-free, mainly due to Ashford's lack of presence. The rest of the cast are decent (Annette Badland provides a memorable but brief performance) but, again, all are badly served by the flimsy silliness. It feels like a half-hearted remake of some 1960s French or Italian farce and leaves little impression.
20 people found this helpful
Mr. Andrew J. CooteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic old fashioned British Comedy
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Too many reviewers on here that fail to recognise eccentricity. This is a classic British comedy in the vein of Arsenic and Old Lace. Murder with a gentle story. Lots of gorgeously eccentric characters - the anarchist that blows up sheep, the chip shop owner who wants his cake and wife blown up, the pub landlord with a real penchant for armour, and the only gay in the village is fighting his neighbour to win the Best Garden Award. And the baker who cannot bake, burns his bread and hardens his doughnuts. But he is really an assassin. And then it all gets a little more eccentric. Beautiful.
18 people found this helpful
DavidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable classic British humour
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Take your brain out of gear, sit back and enjoy. Great casting and great performance from all. I enjoyed the film and had some great laughs. Yes it's a bit predictable but none the worse for that. Life right now in 20covid20 is too serious. Lighten the load for a while and I think you'll enjoy this :)
9 people found this helpful
Mark ChisholmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very Average
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Hmm.

There is a thing about British comedy films. By and large they are often not very funny. And this is no exception.

The odd thing is that British comedy TV was until the last few years (well the 70's 80's and part of the 90's) often superbly funny. World beating stuff. However, I hoped that this film would buck the trend and, well, it didn't.

There are genuinely funny bits in this film and overall it's entirely watchable. It just feels as if the writers and producers have taken a one hour TV program with associated budget and stretched it to film length. By doing that they have not increased the depth and humour, just spread it a bit more thinly along with the translucent budget.

And about half way through the itch in the back of my neck stopped and I realised what this was. A Grosse Pointe Blank rip off. With less humour and verve.

It's a very close copy in many ways. Hitman has enough and heads to a backwater town chased down by another hit man whilst hiding his identity. There are a few differences but in all honesty the basic outline is similar just done less well.

So, if you have not seen Gross Point Blanc or The Baker and have the time, money and inclination to watch one of them, pick the first. If you want to watch both then watch 'The Baker' first and then 'Grosse Pointe Blank,' as you are heading in the right direction of quality and acting.

Overall a very average film that would be better off as a one hour TV program.
4 people found this helpful
lyssaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
An old Damian Lewis movie that could be so much more
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I thought this was supposed to be a 2020 film that had managed to sneak under my radar. Wasn’t what I expected at all, not least because it’s much older. In its own way it was kind of charming, hilarious in places and yet also ‘meh’. It was quite simply a daft premise with some laugh-out-loud gems balanced (or negated) by a weak script and a holey plot. Overall, a bit of harmless fun that left me scratching my head and wondering whether it was bizarre, weird, or a failed attempt to be something more. But the exploding sheep: just hilarious. There are better of its type ‘out there’ but the sheep still make me smile.
3 people found this helpful
AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't do it for me
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I watched this because I've seen Damien Lewis in a couple of things and liked him. There was a lot to like in the films storyline - hitman retiring and going incognito in eccentric Welsh Village - stunning area by the way. Also liked the idea of him buying the bakery and becoming...well a baker! However, there were too many silly bits, lame duck jokes (and trust me I've got the stupidest sense of humour going) that fell flat. I do take exception to reviewers criticising other reviewers - it is irrelevant whether the British eccentric comedy is taken account of or not. With each film each reviewer rates depending on whether they personally enjoyed the film it doesn't necessarily mean they have a lesser understanding of it. This one didn't gel for me, it may for someone else, but as I rate for my personal experience it gets 2 stars. My advice is to give it a go - the beauty of the village and surrounding countryside is well worth a look.
One person found this helpful
Donna StevensReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
You gotta know a village!
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It took me an age to watch this movie because I wasn't sure. I saw the 3 star reviews and thought, mmm... maybe not! So I left it, on my watch list, waiting for me.... I'M SO EFFING GLAD THAT I DID! I LOVE this movie. It's only after living in a village that I truly understood the humour, because, its actually like that! and I say that with love.💖💖💖💖

I really laughed out loud, a proper belly laugh, so many times and at sooo many things.

I truly enjoyed this movie. It's a spoof of assassin movies, but it's not spoofing the village life. It's funny and charming, it's taking the mick but staying true.

I feel this could be a cult classic given the chance. 10 out of 10, defo recommend.
ZanamoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
IMF with the fun!
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If you have a sense of humour then this may make you laugh. A storyline like a Shakespearean play with an excellent cast and acting. A really fun film. Damian Lewis, always a favourite, heads up this amazing Welsh Valley Tale. Strangely this could be transferred into a TV series. They probably won't but it would be fun. Sort of Emmerdale with an IMF twist. Villians coming from all around the globe to visit or assassinate The Baker! What better place to do it than in the Welsh Valleys. Lol. Sherlock had his moors, The Baker has his valleys. Good job people.
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