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  »

Box Office


$10,021,120 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second World War II movie made by director John Boorman. The first had been Hell in the Pacific (1968), nineteen years earlier. He would later make the war-related film, Beyond Rangoon (1995). See more »


When Bill is being chased, the dog is running next to him in the last couple of shots. See more »


[last lines]
Bill Rowen: In all my life nothing ever quite matched the perfect joy of that moment. My school lay in ruins, the river beckoned with the promise of stolen days.
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29 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hope and Glory is one of my favourite films and gets a rare airing tonight on satellite's FX UK channel at 9pm. I saw it 18 years ago on its release and numerous times since and it still takes a place in my fav. top 10 of all time. The settings are truly wonderful, the humour as British as it gets and a performance by Ian Bannen that shows what good British acting is all about. His naming of former love conquests at the family Christmas party is one of cinemas funniest pieces of comedy. The cast is perfect and the whole film is a joy from beginning to end. It was deservedly nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and although failed to win would have been my choice. Highly recommended.

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