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Hope and Glory (1987)

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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »

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John Boorman

Writer:

John Boorman
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ... Bill (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ... Sue
Sarah Miles ... Grace
David Hayman ... Clive
Sammi Davis ... Dawn
Derrick O'Connor ... Mac
Susan Wooldridge ... Molly
Jean-Marc Barr ... Bruce
Ian Bannen ... Grandfather George
Annie Leon ... Grandma
Jill Baker ... Faith
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Hope
Katrine Boorman ... Charity
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Clive's Pal
Shelagh Fraser ... WVS Woman
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperanza y gloria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,497, 18 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,021,120
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film makes reference to King George VI's speech impediment (stuttering) in his radio address at Christmas. This issue was the subject of the film "The King's Speech" from 2010. See more »

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The string quartet of Grace, Faith, Hope and Charity are clearly not actually playing the piece of classical music near the end of the film. Also the Mozart serenade in G K.525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) that they are playing is scored for five instruments, not four. See more »

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Grandfather George: Ohhh, it's only a house...a ghastly one at that. They should all be burned and bombed and the builder hanged.
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References Excalibur (1981) See more »

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Prelude No. 4
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Through the eyes of a child
10 January 2001 | by Captain EdSee all my reviews

Undoubtably one of the best movies about "the home front" of WWII, Hope and Glory effectively recalls the child's perspective of living amidst the rubble of the Blitz. The film's strength, in my view, is how people tried their best to maintain their normal lives and customs as their world crumbled around them, both literally and figuratively.

The young man playing the central character does a fine job of bringing Boorman's childhood to life. The natural ability of children to adjust to change (but not without consequences) is brilliantly depicted. The "gang" sequences were not only funny but also felt remarkably true, especially the collection of plundered booty and scrap war material. It's just the type of mischief you'd expect from letting the boys run wild through this type of damage.

Sarah Miles and Sammi Davis are excellent as the mother and older sister to the central character; their interaction shows the damage war does to relationships and moral values. The highlight for me was the grandfather, however. The gentleman stole every scene in which he appears. The final scenes of the movie show his delight in his grandson in such a novel and moving way that it became almost the film's highlight.

I worked with a man who lived in London during the war, when he would have been the same age as the boy in this story. He told me that he considered this movie the best one he'd ever seen on World War II and recommended that I watch it. I've never regretted it. Thanks, Jack.


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