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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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Forest Whitaker

Writer:

Steven Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Birdee Pruitt
Harry Connick Jr. ... Justin Matisse
Gena Rowlands ... Ramona Calvert
Mae Whitman ... Bernice Pruitt
Michael Paré ... Bill Pruitt
Cameron Finley ... Travis
Kathy Najimy ... Toni Post
Bill Cobbs ... Nurse
Connie Ray ... Bobbi-Claire
Mona Lee Fultz ... Teacher
Sydney Berry Sydney Berry ... Orange Julia
Rachel Snow ... Big Dolores (as Rachel Lena Snow)
Christina Stojanovich Christina Stojanovich ... Kristen
Alissa Alban Alissa Alban ... Debbie Reissen (as Allisa Alban)
Dee Hennigan Dee Hennigan ... Dot
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

When life fell apart, love fell into place.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vientos de esperanza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,210,464, 31 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,053,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,471,882
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this film, Gena Rowlands plays a woman whose husband has Alzheimer's. Six years later she would go to play an Alzheimer's patient in The Notebook. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ramona Calvert: Relatives are trouble, I couldn't agree more. Did I ever tell you about Walter, my brother? No? Well, what you have to go through with your mama, the suffering, that's what I had to suffer with Walter. One day we were playing, out back, down by the river and we came across the most beautiful ant hill you ever saw. And then Walter, he immediately kicked it, and stomped on it-just scattered it to the four winds. I just started howling, you know, I was just- I yelled for my mama, I ran up and I ...
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Referenced in Garth Brooks: Live from Las Vegas (2013) See more »

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Written by Laura Harding, Jeff Hull and Peter Thorn
Performed by Laura Harding
Courtesy of Dwarf Village Music
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Too dramatic to be a romantic comedy, and that saves the film
8 October 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Hope Floats" is too dramatic to be a romantic comedy. It's more of a character drama about Birdee (Sandra Bullock) moving back home and the main story line being a romance with Harry Connick Jr.

Birdee, and the film, are very down-to-earth. Although she lived in Chicago, she's much more suited to the small-town life that she grew up in in Texas. They don't go for much of the obvious comedy of big-city girl versus small-town country girl. And that's a good thing.

The young daughter can get annoying, and the romantic comedy angle is transparent from the beginning. But the natural drama that Birdee goes through in trying to rebuild her life after a public divorce is done well enough that it makes "Hope Floats" worth watching.


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