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Hope Springs (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 May 2003 (UK)
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Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. ... See full summary »

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Mark Herman

Writers:

Mark Herman (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Colin Ware
Heather Graham ... Mandy
Minnie Driver ... Vera Edwards
Mary Steenburgen ... Joanie Fisher
Frank Collison ... Mr. Fisher
Oliver Platt ... Doug Reed
Mary Black ... Mrs. Peterson
Ken Kramer ... Harold Peterson
Chad Faust ... Rob
Tony Alcantar ... Webster
Bethoe Shirkoff ... Martha
Alan Giles ... Mr. West
Dolores Drake ... Waitress
Howard Storey ... Mr. Golfer
June B. Wilde ... Mrs. Golfer
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Storyline

Colin's a sad-eyed British artist holed up in a rundown hotel in small-town Vermont after being dumped by his fiancée. The hotel owner plays matchmaker and introduces him to a local girl. Romance ensues, though Colin's ex may be looking to reunite. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The problem every man dreams of... a choice. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

New Cardiff See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£366,352 (United Kingdom), 11 May 2003, Limited Release
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The film is set in Vermont, however numerous vehicles are seen with British Columbia license plates. See more »

Quotes

Joanie Fisher: And she's English?
Colin Ware: Welsh. Well, half Welsh.
Joanie Fisher: Half Welsh and half...
Colin Ware: Monster.
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Crazy Credits

A bottle of the mineral water "Hope Springs Eternal" mentioned in the movie by mayor Doug Red is depicted after the credits. It has a portrait of the Queen of Hope Vera on it. The slogan below reads: "Available at a stockist near this cinema." See more »

Connections

References Fatal Attraction (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Till The Day I Die
Written by Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig
Performed by Garbage
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Very Much Like the Book--quirky and offbeat
19 July 2005 | by yjgejaSee all my reviews

Okay, this is not the best movie ever made--even Colin Firth could not make it into a blockbuster hit. Nonetheless, it is quirky, fun and funny movie that is worth renting.

I read the book, New Cardiff, before seeing the movie and I have to admit, the movie captured the spirit of the book very well. Every character in the book came to life on the big screen through the cast. I loved Firth's portrayal of Colin, the artist, and his little dance in the movie. Minnie Driver's character was the most awful and annoying person ever and she does a great job of bring that to life. It is funny and, like I mentioned before, very quirky. Sure, the ending is not the most realistic but that was how the book went. I actually recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. It prepares you well for what the movie is about, just in case you had high hopes for it being an obviously fabulous movie. Instead, you will learn to like it, for all of its eccentricity.


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