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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

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12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilly Hopkins (as Sophie Nelisse)
Ms. Harris
Mr. Randolph
Ticket Agent
Principal Evans
Cara Cooper ...
Woman with Book
Salvatore Rossi ...
Cameron Clifford ...


A feisty foster kid's outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Maime Trotter's (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly's face it threatens to ruin the only chance she's ever had to be part of a real family. Based on the award-winning young-adult novel by Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), The Great Gilly Hopkins stars Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen, with Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Finding where you belong isn't always easy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fabuleuse Gilly Hopkins  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Danny Glover was originally cast to the role of Mr. Randolph but replaced due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


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Involing and moving little movie
4 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is an involving story that is defiantly worth watching. Even though it was a long time ago when I was a teen this movie was still captivating and surprising.

At first I was expecting Gilly's character to be more obnoxious, but she turns out to be a fairly normal child with just a smattering of issues. At this point I thought I knew where the move was going, but it throws in a few surprises, which I won't disclose.

Whilst it never really breaks free of the "bad person turned good" mold the move is well acted and well cast, it manages to stay involving and keep my interest and was quite moving in places.

Maybe not a classic, but not a waste of time either. I would watch it again.

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