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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.

Director:

Forest Whitaker

Writer:

Steven Rogers
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Gross USA:

$60,053,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,471,882
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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

When Birdie is working in the photo lab, she accidentally ruins a customer's pictures. She said she loaded the paper wrong. That wouldn't ruin the negatives. Negatives are processed film to expose an image, no paper is involved. See more »

Quotes

Birdee Pruitt: What can I say, mama? I am my own crown of thorns.
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Written, Performed and Produced by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Hope Floats, but bratty kid tries to sink Bullock.
31 March 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

What can I say that hasn't already been said. Most everything is fine with this movie with the exception it is too long and belongs on television. Bullock has proven herself a diversified actress mastering comedy, action, and drama without much effort to change her screen persona. That is true star power. Bullock has also proven herself a worthy producer having out done the similar plotted Robert Redford/Disney sure fire hit "The Horse Whisperer" with a much better film (without all the hype), and a smaller budget. Dramas I suppose are suppose to be without car chases, crude jokes, and other "crowd pleasers" so if you are into romances this should make for a nice video rental (plenty of opportunities to take a break with a video). The big debit in this film is the character of Sandra Bullock's daughter. Her constant behavior over her jerk of a dad gets to you so much you just want to slap the little brat. Can any child be that stupid? Why the writers and producers shaped the character that way I don't understand, it's so over the top and the points made could have been done in a very subtle way without her being so oblivious to the pain her mother is going through. It really ruined the movie for me. The little brat.


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