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November 1987 (USA) See more »
The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ... Bill Rowan (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ... Sue Rowan

Sarah Miles ... Grace Rowan

David Hayman ... Clive Rowan

Sammi Davis ... Dawn Rowan

Derrick O'Connor ... Mac
Susan Wooldridge ... Molly

Jean-Marc Barr ... Cpl. Bruce Carrey

Ian Bannen ... Grandfather George
Annie Leon ... Grandma

Jill Baker ... Faith
Amelda Brown ... Hope

Katrine Boorman ... Charity
Colin Higgins ... Clive's Pal
Shelagh Fraser ... WVS Woman
Gerald James ... Headmaster
Barbara Pierson ... Teacher
Nicky Taylor ... Roger
Jodie Andrews ... Roger's Gang
Nicholas Askew ... Roger's Gang
Jamie Bowman ... Roger's Gang
Colin Dale ... Roger's Gang
David Parkin ... Roger's Gang
Carlton Taylor ... Roger's Gang
Sara Langton ... Pauline Gladroy
Imogen Cawrse ... Jennifer Baker
Susan Brown ... Mrs. Evans

Charley Boorman ... Luftwaffe Pilot
Peter Hughes ... Policeman
Ann Thornton ... Honeymoon Couple (Movie)
Andrew Bicknell ... Honeymoon Couple (Movie)
Christine Croshaw ... Pianist
William Armstrong ... Canadian Sergeant
Arthur Cox ... Fireman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Boorman ... Old Bill (Narrator) (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Graham Cole ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Vic Flick ... Guitarist in Dance Band (uncredited)
King George VI ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boorman 
Writing credits
John Boorman (written by)

Produced by
John Boorman .... producer
Michael Dryhurst .... co-producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Edgar F. Gross .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Martin 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
Art Direction by
Don Dossett 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Woollard  (as Joan Woollard)
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Joan Carpenter .... hair stylist
Anna Dryhurst .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Armstrong .... assistant director
Michael Dryhurst .... second unit director
Melvin Lind .... assistant director
Julian Wall .... assistant director
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Maurice Jones .... propman
Ted Michell .... scenic artist
Syd Nightingale .... construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... assistant art director (as Keiron Phipps)
Graeme Purdy .... propman
Gary Tomkins .... draughtsman
Martin Laing .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Bob Sherwood .... stand-by propman (uncredited)
Mark White .... construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Brown .... sound maintenance
Ron Davis .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
John Hayward .... sound mixer
Paul Smith .... dialogue editor
John Stevenson .... boom operator
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Collins .... special effects
Rodney Fuller .... special effects
Phil Stokes .... special effects designer
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... camera focus
Murray Close .... still photographer
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Tommy Finch .... best boy (as Tom Finch)
Mike Fox .... camera operator
Bill Geddes .... camera grip
John Harris .... additional photographer
Jason Wrenn .... assistant camera
Jamie Harcourt .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Honeybourne .... wardrobe assistant
Steve Hubbard .... wardrobe master
James Langan .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Pat Brennan .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Peter Martin .... conductor
Peter Martin .... orchestrator
Helen Sava .... music researcher
Other crew
Telsche Boorman .... drama coach: children
Sheila Collins .... production coordinator
Peter Cotton .... location manager
Lynda Levy .... unit publicist
Norma Paulsen .... production liaison
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor
John Taylor .... aerial coordinator
Anthony Van Laast .... choreographer
Ray Hanna .... pilot (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles (uncredited)
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

"News reel" footage shown in the cinemas of the RAF versus the Luftwaffe is actually from Battle of Britain (1969)See more »
Revealing mistakes: The string quartet of Grace, Faith, Hope and Charity are clearly not actually playing the piece of classical music near the end of the film. Also the Mozart serenade in G K.525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) that they are playing is scored for five instruments, not four.See more »
Grace Rowan:Don't kill love. You'll regret it for the rest of your life.See more »
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
More British than British, 18 May 2002
Author: Casey Machula from Flagstaff, AZ

Set in London during World War II, Hope and Glory is anything but your typical war film. It's an autobiographical sketch of a schoolboy who witnesses, firsthand, the aerial devastation of London. Through his innocent eyes, we see the destruction in a completely unique way. To him, the war is more than simply catastrophic: it's also creative. This movie is somewhat unique in the sense that it's a war film lacking tragic or heroic qualities. We see ordinary people not only getting by, but also getting a buzz off of the excitement.

What's most interesting about the boy's perspective is this: while he watches any number of British social norms become transformed or nullified because of the exigencies of war (the film has some hilarious scenes to that effect), the British remain remarkably British. There is no debilitating self-doubt about who or what they are. It's about a crisis in the historical sense, similar to Bruni's experience of the early Italian Renaissance, which served to reinforce and infuse with energy the cultural assumptions commonly taken for granted. As an American, one senses what it means to be English, to have those qualities refined and purified like iron in a blast furnace, which is not an easy feeling to convey.

The boy's mother (Sarah Miles), for example, with her husband away in the service, is thrust into the role of head of household. And yet, she's demonstrably uncomfortable assuming these duties. The boy's grandfather, who is warm, acerbic, formal, dignified, and comically lascivious, appears as a bundle of contradictions; but, he's a microcosm of British social contradictions, which makes him fascinating.

One hopes that the events of September the 11th can inspire in us a similar sense of what it means to be American, and maybe help us to find some hope and glory in ourselves.

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