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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)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Danny Glover was originally cast to the role of Mr. Randolph but replaced due to scheduling conflicts. 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

TAKE ME HOME
Performed by Cash Cash Featuring Bebe Rexha
Written by Samuel Frisch (as Samuel Warren Frisch), Brandon Lowry, Alex Makhlouf (as Alexander Luke Makhlouf), Jean Paul Makhlouf, Bebe Rexha
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMG Platinum Songs
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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This is a cheesy, feel-good movie that is very, very well done.
7 July 2017 | by ahop2See all my reviews

If you are in the mood for something other than action or suspense; if you're tired of feeling like you're being condescended to or studying an ideology; if you're in the mood to let a movie take you somewhere good, smile a little, then this is a good movie to give you a rest from Hollywood.

Cheesy movie, sure. But quite nicely done. Kudos to the cast, to Kathy Bates and especially to the director.


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