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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 ...
Sue Rohan
Susan Wooldridge ...
Cpl. Bruce Carrey
Annie Leon ...
Amelda Brown ...
Colin Higgins ...
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Shelagh Fraser ...
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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 <>

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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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The film's title is a shortening of the title of the flag-waving patriotic 1902 nationalist British song, "Land of Hope and Glory", music composed by Edward Elgar and lyrics by Arthur C. Benson. See more »


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


Clive Rowen: That was a googly... I taught him how, and now he turns it against me!
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Tender tale from Boorman
28 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

John Boorman is impossible to categorize. From his spaced out ZARDOZ to DELIVERANCE to EXCALIBUR, this wildly ambitious director hasn't met a subject he's afraid to tackle. Here, the film maker delves into his past, delivering the story of a boy growing up in WWII England. Directed in a style that is nostalgic and innocent, HOPE AND GLORY displays a brighter side of human conflict. Watching the picture, it is obvious Boorman approached this highly personal material with the utmost of care. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a heavy drama, this is not the place. Many scenes (if you're not in the mood for them) can become a bit difficult. In other words, you're feeling as if you're watching someone's home movie. However, this should not detract from the talent of a true cinematic master, John Boorman. We love you, John Boy. Give us more!

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