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Release Date:
19 February 1988 (USA) See more »
The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.
A semi-autobiographical 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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A perennial delight See more (69 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ... Bill Rohan (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ... Sue Rohan

Sarah Miles ... Grace Rohan

David Hayman ... Clive Rohan

Sammi Davis ... Dawn Rohan

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
Ken Shane .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
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
Location Management
Peter Cotton .... location manager
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
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?

According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, this film is based on director John Boorman's "own childhood experiences" during World War II.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Bill is being chased, the dog is running next to him in the last couple of shots.See more »
Clive Rowen:[describing his Army duties] I'll be typing for England!See more »
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A perennial delight, 31 January 2005
Author: pekinman from Illinois

I've been watching 'Hope and Glory' for almost 20 years now, since its release in 1987 and it is still a total pleasure to view. John Boorman has re-created his memories of experiences during the Blitz and produced what could have been a very cynical, black comedy. But instead of dwelling on the death and destruction he has created a delightful pastiche, almost like a fairy tale, viewed through the eyes of a boy, Bill (Boorman himself), as he adapts and revels in the collapse of all the old and comfortable patterns of his life.

I am no fan of child actors, of the Shirley Temple/Freddie Bartholomew type, but these young British actors are wonderful. Bill is played by Sebastian Rice-Davies, a kid who seems to be possessed by the humor and life experience of a 35 year old. His younger sister, Geraldine Muir, steals her scenes with her cherubic face and rapier tongue. Her commentary on sex is hilarious.

The cast is uniformly excellent, though often over-shadowed by their young colleagues. Ian Bannen once again shines as their grumpy grampa, full of vinegar and oaths. His character is revealed to the fullest extent as he shakes his fist at the power lines encroaching on his idyllic house on the river Thames, hissing out "I curse you, volt, watt and amp!" This is indicative what all has been lost prior even to the bombs falling; the advancement of what is popularly thought to be Progress.

'Hope and Glory' is a salute to a more civilized society that was dealt a death blow during The Great War (WWI) and would be buried forever after WW2, Hitler's bombs just sped up the process of the dissolution of civility and decency.

But there is hope inherent in this film. Humor survives and the links with the past are secure, as embodied in the relationship between Bill and his grandfather, they connect and that connection cannot be broken, leaving me with the thought that perhaps we can return to better days, before MTV, Jerry Springer, Enron, Bill Clinton and a government educational system that demands our conformity to some sort of ephemeral "norm".

'Hope and Glory' is endlessly thought-provoking at the same time making one laugh at the follies of human-beings.

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