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High Hopes (1988)

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The life of a working class couple living in London and their complicated relationships with other members of the family.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phil Davis ... Cyril (as Philip Davis)
Ruth Sheen ... Shirley
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Mrs Bender
Philip Jackson ... Martin
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ... Valerie
Lesley Manville ... Lætitia
David Bamber ... Rupert
Jason Watkins ... Wayne
Judith Scott Judith Scott ... Suzi
Cheryl Prime Cheryl Prime ... Martin's Girlfriend
Diane-Louise Jordan Diane-Louise Jordan ... Chemist Shop Assistant
Linda Beckett Linda Beckett ... Receptionist
Ali Ali ... Baby
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Storyline

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belle speranze See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,192,322
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Fully Developed Creative Process.
22 January 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

HIGH HOPES provides most strengths and few weaknesses of its superb director, Mike Leigh, with the former category including his choice of footage from a typically improvisational collection of scenes; avoidance of a formulaic scenario when comparing and contrasting three widely disparate but plot-connected couples, in a Margaret Thatcher administered England; skill in controlling mood adjustment and visual constructs that generally serve to intensify viewer response; and his canny employment of technicians to implement effective staging design. Leigh's bent toward usage of politically charged economic allusions as a referent to class structure and social change leads here to role stereotypes, indeed even caricature, during scenes wherein emphasis is upon parody, as only one of the couples, former Hippies Cyril (Philip Davis) and Shirley (Ruth Sheen), is permitted to display humanity whereas Shirley's brother Martin (Philip Jackson) and his wife Valerie (Heather Tobias), along with the gentrified Booth-Braines (David Bamber and Lesley Manville) are essentially burlesque figures. In her patented persona as an old woman lapsing into dementia, Edna Doré becomes a linchpin about whom the others revolve, with Sheen taking acting honours with her finely nuanced performance as a societal rebel beginning to crave, albeit non-bourgeois, motherhood. Cinematographer Roger Pratt, along with ever inventive Leigh, use closeups to potent effect for a film that would more nearly approach greatness if a hammy lack of restraint from some talented players, although frequently highly comic, would have received closer directoral oversight.


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