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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sydney Berry ...
Rachel Snow ...
Big Dolores (as Rachel Lena Snow)
Christina Stojanovich ...
Alissa Alban ...
Debbie Reissen (as Allisa Alban)
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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>

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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)


£612,606 (UK) (20 November 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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This movie represents Forrest Whitaker's third film as a director. See more »


During the scene when Hathaway and Phillips are rapping while sitting on their bed. A cast light appears on the door where the boom microphone silhouette raises in to view. See more »


Bernice Pruitt: My dad says that childhood is the happiest time of my life. But, I think he's wrong. I think my mom's right. She says that...
[Bernice's voice fades as Birdee takes over]
Birdee Pruitt: [laughing] Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That's what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, ...
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References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »


Who Cares
Written by Laura Harding, Jeff Hull and Peter Thorn
Performed by Laura Harding
Courtesy of Dwarf Village Music
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A Better Film Than Most People Think!
24 October 2004 | by (Huntly, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

One of the things that truly irks me are some people's rapid willingness to typecast actors and actresses, and dump on them when they try something new. While it has to be said that Sandra Bullock does not avoid exploding buses, or have to hunt down any cryogenically frozen bad guys in this picture, "Hope Floats" is a better movie than most give it credit, and Ms. Bullock and the supporting cast put in fine performances of their own to make a very touching and poignant film.

Forest Whitaker (acting in such films as "Blown Away" and "Phenomenon" sits in the Director's chair on this one and crafts a tale that deals with many different emotional themes, carried earnestly by sensitive and character revealing performances from his leading lady and the supporting cast.

While it must be said that Ms. Bullock provides some very memorable scenes in this film (especially when drunk) the casting of Gena Rowlands, Harry Connick Jr, and Michael Pare provide more ballast with fine performances delivered from all.

But the highlight for me in this film - young Mae Whitman and her performance as Ms. Bullock's on-screen daughter. At the conclusion of one very moving scene near the end of the film I could only watch her and wonder at just how bright this young actress' future will be.

So, if blood, bombs and action is your scene, then "Hope Floats" may not be your scene, but if you are into drama with solidly acted and well crafted characters by very fine actors, then "Hope Floats" is for you. It will leave you very satisfied that you took the time to see this very finely made and acted film.

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