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High Hopes (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 February 1989 (USA)
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Cyril Bender
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Shirley
Edna Doré ...
Mrs. Bender
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Martin Burke
Heather Tobias ...
Valerie Burke
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Laetitia Boothe-Braine
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Rupert Boothe-Braine
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Wayne
Judith Scott ...
Suzi
Cheryl Prime ...
Martin's Girl Friend
Diane-Louise Jordan ...
Chemist Shop Assistant
Linda Beckett ...
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Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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24 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Rupert Boothe-Braine: Now... what made this country great was a place for everyone, and everyone in his place. And this is my place.
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Cosi fan tutte
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Vienna Philharmonic
Decca 4171851
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My least favourite Mike Leigh film.
26 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Mike Leigh movies. They are not to everyone's taste but there is something about the way he gets the actors interacting that i find fascinating. High Hopes though , is my least likable of his films.

We see the same actors crop up in this as we do in most of his films. Ruth Sheen , Phillip Davis and Edna Dore are good but unusually , Leslie Manville is very poor as the posh totty.

There is a lot of overacting in this film and that is not usual for a Mike Leigh film but it is one of his early efforts , so it's forgivable.

I had high hopes for high Hopes but sadly it quite happened.


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