Hope and Glory (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  November 1987 (USA)
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A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ...
Bill Rohan (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ...
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Susan Wooldridge ...
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Annie Leon ...
Amelda Brown ...
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A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esperanza y gloria  »

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$10,021,120 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Bill's aunts are called "Faith, Hope and Charity", which Grandfather George claims were named by Grandma after character traits he didn't have. This is a reference to the Bible, specifically 1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity". Bill's mother is called Grace, also a theological virtue. See more »


When Pauline is standing in front of her newly destroyed house, in the close up shots her hair is flat, but in the distant shots it's noticeably more full. See more »


Teacher: [jabbing at a map of the world, with the British Empire lands in pink] Pink. Pink. Pink. Pink. What are all the pink bits? Rowan.
Bill Rowen: They're ours, Miss.
Teacher: Yes. The British Empire. Arthur... what fraction of the earth's surface is British?
Arthur in Roger's Gang: Don't know, Miss.
Teacher: Anyone? Jennifer Baker?
Jennifer Baker: Two-fifths, Miss.
Teacher: Yes, two-fifths! Ours. That's what this war is all about. Men are fighting and dying to save all the pink bits for you ungrateful little twerps.
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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »


Serenade in G K.525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
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snapshot of a time past
31 December 2002 | by (Oklahoma, USA) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's just because of my love for history, but I really enjoyed this movie. I can understand why some may not, since it has a sort of anti-ending and very little actual 'plot.' The film is simply the portrayal of daily life for a London family--a collection of character subplots, basically.

It doesn't sound like much, but the film's strength is its characters. Besides the main little boy, there's the overzealous father, the sexually-liberated teenage sister, a hilarious grandpa, a gang of far-from-innocent little boys, and others.

Overall, watching this movie is like stepping back in time and sneaking a peek into everyday life.

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