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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

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12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

David Paterson (screenplay by), Katherine Paterson (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Nélisse ... Gilly Hopkins (as Sophie Nelisse)
Kathy Bates ... Maime Trotter
Glenn Close ... Nonnie
Octavia Spencer ... Ms. Harris
Julia Stiles ... Courtney
Bill Cobbs ... Mr. Randolph
Billy Magnussen ... Ellis
Zachary Hernandez ... W.E.
Clare Foley ... Agnes
Sammy Pignalosa ... Rajeem
Toby Turner ... Ticket Agent
Richard Topol ... Principal Evans
Cara Cooper Cara Cooper ... Woman with Book
Salvatore Rossi Salvatore Rossi ... Stevie
Cameron Clifford Cameron Clifford ... Ed
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A feisty foster kid's outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Maime Trotter's (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly's face it threatens to ruin the only chance she's ever had to be part of a real family. Based on the award-winning young-adult novel by Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), The Great Gilly Hopkins stars Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen, with Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Finding where you belong isn't always easy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fabulosa Gilly Hopkins See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The author of the book Katherine Paterson has a cameo as the shop clerk in the bus station scene. The clerk tells Gilly to check out the books. See more »

Goofs

This movie is set in Maryland during the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays, yet all of the trees and lawns are in full summer splendor. See more »

Connections

Features Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

SYMPHONY NO. 40 MOLTO ALLEGRO
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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Trials and Tribulations of Gilly Hopkins
18 November 2017 | by sillypuzzleSee all my reviews

This really is a good movie for the entire family when a flare for the dramatic is appreciated. The script is well written and directed. It's always a pleasure to watch Kathy Bates do her thing as she lights up the screen once again with a brilliant performance. Bill Cobbs didn't disappoint as this role seemed tailor made for him. Octavia Spencer, Julia Stiles, and Glenn Close as well as the rest of the cast did a terrific job--Bravo! I look forward to seeing more in the future from Zachary Hernandez, Clare Foley, and Sophie Ne'lisse. This part played by Sophie Ne'lisse was very impressive. Great job by this up and coming actress.


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