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Hope and Glory (1987)

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Bill, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses.

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John Boorman

Writer:

John Boorman
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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 ... 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Bill's aunts are called "Faith, Hope and Charity", which Grandfather George claims were named by Grandma after character traits he didn't have. This is a reference to the Bible, specifically 1 Corinthians 13:13: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity". Bill's mother is called Grace, also a theological virtue. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is being chased, the dog is running next to him in the last couple of shots. See more »

Quotes

Molly: God, how I hate all this scrimping and squalor.
Grace Rowan: I don't mind it. It was harder before the war, trying to keep up appearances. Now, well, it's patriotic to be poor.
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The White Cliffs of Dover
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Tender tale from Boorman
28 July 2004 | by teddyryanSee all my reviews

John Boorman is impossible to categorize. From his spaced out ZARDOZ to DELIVERANCE to EXCALIBUR, this wildly ambitious director hasn't met a subject he's afraid to tackle. Here, the film maker delves into his past, delivering the story of a boy growing up in WWII England. Directed in a style that is nostalgic and innocent, HOPE AND GLORY displays a brighter side of human conflict. Watching the picture, it is obvious Boorman approached this highly personal material with the utmost of care. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a heavy drama, this is not the place. Many scenes (if you're not in the mood for them) can become a bit difficult. In other words, you're feeling as if you're watching someone's home movie. However, this should not detract from the talent of a true cinematic master, John Boorman. We love you, John Boy. Give us more!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,497, 18 October 1987

Gross USA:

$10,021,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,021,120
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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