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Hope Floats (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 29 May 1998 (USA)
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Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.



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3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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Sydney Berry ...
Rachel Snow ...
Big Dolores (as Rachel Lena Snow)
Christina Stojanovich ...
Alissa Alban ...
Debbie Reissen (as Allisa Alban)
Dee Hennigan ...


Birdee Calvert-Pruitt is back in her hometown of Smithville, Texas, after discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. The entire town knows what happened to flawless beauty Birdee since Connie let her know about the affair on a national talk show. Back in town, she's dealing with catty old friends and acquaintances from high school who can't help rubbing it in her face that she isn't as perfect as she thought while still trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Bernice. Deeply depressed, she runs into an old friend, Justin Matisse, who tries to help her through, but is still in love with her. Birdee must make a new life for her and her daughter, but will Justin be able to be part of it? Written by Sereniti <elena@japanupdate.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


When life fell apart, love fell into place.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vientos de esperanza  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,210,464 (USA) (29 May 1998)


$60,033,780 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film made under Sandra Bullock's own production company, Fortis Films. See more »


When Gena Rowlands' character drops the cup and saucer, the cup falls upside down, spilling all the tea. The cup then slides, upside down and completely empty, away from the edge of the bedside table, while the saucer falls to the floor. The next shot of the cup and saucer show the saucer on the floor and the cup, still containing tea, falling onto the saucer. See more »


Ramona Calvert: You smell just delicious, Justin, you wearin' cologne?
Justin Matisse: Naw, just sweat with a little paint thinner mixed in.
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Travis County
Written by Jack Ingram and Tom Littlefield
Performed by Jack Ingram
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I love this movie and think some of the comments are spiteful.
6 July 2004 | by (Grand Mound, Iowa) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. To those who are calling it boring, full of drivel, etc., you are entitled to your opinion, but please quit stating it as fact. Anyone who has been through an ugly, painful divorce, been dumped by someone they adored and trusted, or even just grew up in a smalltown can surely appreciate the feelings invoked by this movie. The characters, I felt, were much deeper than some of the other users noticed. Sandra Bullock's character had subjugated her life to her husband and daughter and then has to rebuild her identity and self-esteem when her husband leaves. As for the daughter being too smart-alecky, yes, in places she was. As for her speaking like a 40-year old, yes she did. However, I taught school for over thirty years and can guarantee that there are many eight-year-olds out there who talk this way. Also, the child was hurting and I can tell you from experience that when a child suffers as a result of divorce they will many times turn on the one person whom they know will never pull their love out from under them.

It's a movie that I felt had much more depth than many of these reviewers noted. I cannot understand the negativity in some of your reviews. It was a movie that made me feel good. I watched it so much that I wrote out the tape and am now working on the DVD.

There should be more movies like this one, in my opinion.

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