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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

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The Great Gilly Hopkins is a movie starring Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, and Glenn Close. 12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gilly Hopkins (as Sophie Nelisse)
... Maime Trotter
... Nonnie
... Ms. Harris
... Courtney
... Mr. Randolph
... Ellis
... W.E.
... Agnes
... Rajeem
... Ticket Agent
... Principal Evans
Cara Cooper ... Woman with Book
Salvatore Rossi ... Stevie
Cameron Clifford ... Ed


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fabulosa Gilly Hopkins  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Performed By Chloé Caroline (Featuring Colin McLoughlin Mix)
Written By Chloé Caroline (as Chloe Caroline Fellows), Colin McLoughlin (as Collin David McLoughlin)
Published by CCF Songs Publishing, SLVRBAY Publishing
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A gem of a movie!
5 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

I must say I was drawn in by the stellar cast of A-list actors from Kathy Bates and Ovtavia Spencer and Glenn Close who I haven't seen much of the last 20 years. Did not know who the lead actress Sophie Nelisse was but she was outstanding too. It was a tear-jerker for sure, from about the mid-point to the end, I was in tears and at times almost choked up with emotion. I highly recommend this movie for any family to watch as it deals with many issues of growing up, acceptance and rejection and ultimately seeing the value of family and friends. It's really all we have as human-beings and defines who we are ultimately.

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