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Hope Springs (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  9 May 2003 (UK)
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Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. ... See full summary »

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Colin Ware
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Vera Edwards
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Joanie Fisher
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Mr. Fisher
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Doug Reed
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Mrs. Peterson
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Harold Peterson
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Rob
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Webster
Bethoe Shirkoff ...
Martha
Alan Giles ...
Mr. West
Dolores Drake ...
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Howard Storey ...
Mr. Golfer
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Mrs. Golfer
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Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. Romance ensues, though Colin's ex may be looking to reunite. Written by Anonymous

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The problem every man dreams of... a choice. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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9 May 2003 (UK)  »

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New Cardiff  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,352 (UK) (9 May 2003)

Gross:

£958,336 (UK) (23 May 2003)
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After Vera has gotten our of her vehicle and is confronting Mandy, we see her hair and cigarette smoke blowing to her left when viewed from behind. When we are looking at Vera however, her hair is basically unmoving but her smoke is now blowing to her right. See more »

Quotes

Joanie Fisher: And she's English?
Colin Ware: Welsh. Well, half Welsh.
Joanie Fisher: Half Welsh and half...
Colin Ware: Monster.
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Crazy Credits

A bottle of the mineral water "Hope Springs Eternal" mentioned in the movie by mayor Doug Red is depicted after the credits. It has a portrait of the Queen of Hope Vera on it. The slogan below reads: "Available at a stockist near this cinema." See more »

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I Love It When We Do
Written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowells
Performed by Ronan Keating
Courtesy of Ploydor UK Limited
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Great quirky look at Small Town America
7 September 2003 | by (FT. Lauderdale, FL) – See all my reviews

I finally saw the film!! It was a delightful subtle piece of filmmaking. The movie is based on the book(New Cardiff) by author Charles Webb, of "The Graduate" fame. Mark Hermann, doing double duty as screenwriter and director, does an adequate job of translating the book to film.

Colin Firth is on the money as Colin Ware, a jilted artist who comes to America to forget his romantic troubles. He jumps out of the fire and into the frying pan, so to speak. By virtue of the hotel manager, he finds a new romantic interest in Heather Graham who plays Mandy, a 'caregiver' by trade. He gets acquainted with this quirky little town whether he wants to or not.

He starts to do portraits of the townsfolk. I found these portrait scenes to be quite entertaining. All is well until now ex-fiancee Vera reappears on the scene in Hope. There is good caustic interplay between Mandy and Vera in their fight over the same man.

Good performances from great ensemble cast made of up Oliver Platt, the Mayor of Hope, Mary Steenburgen as oh-so-tacky matchmaking Hotel manager and Frank Collison as her eccentric husband.

If you are looking for something more subtle than this summer's blockbuster fare, try this delightful little gem of a film! You won't be disappointed.

P.S. For Colin fans out there, he looks gorgeous! I can't wait for the DVD to appreciate him in all his glory.

Michele


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