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Hope and Glory (1987)

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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »

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John Boorman

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John Boorman
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ... Bill (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ... Sue
Sarah Miles ... Grace
David Hayman ... Clive
Sammi Davis ... Dawn
Derrick O'Connor ... Mac
Susan Wooldridge ... Molly
Jean-Marc Barr ... Bruce
Ian Bannen ... Grandfather George
Annie Leon ... Grandma
Jill Baker ... Faith
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Hope
Katrine Boorman ... Charity
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Clive's Pal
Shelagh Fraser ... WVS Woman
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperanza y gloria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,497, 18 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,021,120
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Eight years earlier, the movie Yanks (1979)'s storyline partially captured the experiences of young English boys during the Second World War, a theme that is elaborated on in this film. See more »

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The ammo-round would not have fired normally while just being gripped in the jaws of a vise; without the round's being contained in a gun-chamber, the powder would have exploded the brass casing. See more »

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Grandfather George: I have no friends, only relations!
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References Excalibur (1981) See more »

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Serenade in G K.525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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World War II Through the Eyes of a Child.
1 May 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Film-maker John Boorman's (Oscar nominated for writing and directing) semi-autobiographical account of growing up in London during the early-1940s is a wonderful sight to behold as a 9-year-old boy (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) looks at German blitz air-raids as fantastical and interesting occurrences rather than tragic happenings. But the youngster does know enough to realize that the country is in turmoil as his father (David Hayman) is out fighting in World War II, his mother (Sarah Miles) is noticeably distraught and his older sister (Sammi Davis) is having a love affair with a Canadian soldier (Jean-Marc Barr). As all this happens though Rice-Edwards and little sister Geraldine Muir just behave as if nothing was wrong. Their innocence and lack of total understanding allows them to enjoy their youth even though the world around them is in total chaos. Sometimes a lack of understanding can lead to happiness and wonder anyway. Also along for the ride is Hayman's brother (Derrick O'Connor), a man who has always secretly loved Miles (and vice versa), and Miles' eccentric father (scene-stealer Ian Bannen). Boorman grew up in London during the heated years of World War II and it is apparent that he remembers his childhood years not as a time of horror and despair, but as a time of love and lifetime discovery. This is definitely his finest picture (I never did get much out of "Deliverance" and he plummeted to new lows with "The Exorcist II: The Heretic") as he uses quietly effective characters and old-time movie-making principles to create a truly endearing motion picture masterpiece. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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