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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.


Forest Whitaker


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





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 ... Dot


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


When life fell apart, love fell into place.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This movie represents Forrest Whitaker's third film as a director. See more »


At the funeral (which appears to be a Catholic service), there's a closing liturgical dialogue in which the priest says "God be with you" and the people respond "And also with you." This is incorrect--the priest should have said "The Lord be with you." See more »


Dot: You look... beautiful. Same old Birdee.
Birdee Pruitt: [beat] Same old Dot.
Dot: [laughs incredulously] You have no idea who I am, do you?
Birdee Pruitt: [beat] No. Ha, ha, sorry.
Dot: That's all right. When I knew you I was about seven inches shorter and 70 pounds heavier. We didn't exactly eat at the same lunch table.
Birdee Pruitt: Polka Dot?
Dot: [laughs nervously] Oh, goodness!
Birdee Pruitt: Is that right?
Dot: Yeah... Nobody's called me that in a long time.
Birdee Pruitt: You look fantastic!
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Make You Feel My Love
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Trisha Yearwood
Produced by Allen Reynolds
Trisha Yearwood appears courtesy of MCA Records Nashville
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average drama
15 September 2001 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

This movie is a basic, down-to-earth drama. Sandra Bullock learns that her husband has been having an affair on an afternoon talk show, and she moves back home to Texas to start anew, and she finds new love while she's there. Not too bad, but it gets too slow and prodding at times, which is its only weakness. All in all, not too bad a movie. Just don't expect a classic, and you might like it.

** 1/2 out of ****

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Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hope Floats See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,210,464, 31 May 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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