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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

Writer:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

The man is incorrect when he tells the boy that they (the Nazis) will be bombing France with Big Bertha which has a range of 25 miles. Big Bertha was a nickname given to a gun the Germans constructed in the first World War. It was made by welding 3 gun barrels together which gave it a range of 75 miles. See more »

Quotes

Grace Rowan: Mac, did you ever find out who Molly went off with.
Mac: Ran off with a Polish pilot. Sounds like one of those bad jokes on the wireless!
Grace Rowan: You miss her. And I know I do.
Mac: She said, "I know you love me, babe. But you never love me enough."
Grace Rowan: Not loving enough. What a terrible thing to do to someone. I suppose I did it to Clive. I, always held something back.
Mac: All better left unsaid, Grace.
Grace Rowan: You were never apart, you and Clive. He kept asking and asking. I kept waiting and waiting for you to say something. ...
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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

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The White Cliffs of Dover
Written by Walter Kent and Nat Burton
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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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