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Hope and Glory (1987)

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Release Date
Oct 16, 1987 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 5, 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country UK

Studio Columbia Pictures, Goldcrest Films International, Nelson Entertainment

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Other Titles
• Hope and Glory
• Hoffnung und Ruhm (1987)
• Der Hope and Glory - Krieg der Kinder (1987)

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Genre: War, Drama, Comedy, World War II, Coming Of Age, Teenage

Tagline: The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.

Plot: Based upon director John Boorman's experiences as a young boy during World War II, HOPE AND GLORY stars Sebastian Rice-Edwards as Bill Rowen. Seen mostly from the nine-year-old boy's perspective, the film is uniquely astute in exploring the exhilarating effect that the bombing of his London suburb and the war's general tumult has on a young boy, at least temporarily. After bombing raids, Bill and his mates scavenge through the rubble of destroyed buildings, carrying off still-smoking shrapnel as booty. When the boy's school is leveled by the bombing, putting the local kids on permanent vacation, the Luftwaffe pilot is hero for a day. For Bill's harried mother, Grace (Sarah Miles), the war is less amusing. Not only is her husband away fighting, but the war's disorder has made her children more difficult to control, especially her teenage daughter, Sue (Geraldine Muir), whose burgeoning sexuality makes Grace nervous about arriving Canadian troops. Then one day, while the Rowens are out, their house is demolished by a bomb, and Bill begins to see the war a little differently. Boorman's superb re-creation of the London blitz is likely the best account of that experience on film. Through the accretion of a myriad of brilliantly observed details, he immerses the viewer in the reality

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 Directed by
John Boorman
Deliverance, Excalibur, The Tailor of Panama
 Written by
John Boorman
Deliverance, Excalibur, The Tailor of Panama
Sarah Miles
Blowup, Ryan's Daughter, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Derrick O'Connor
Brazil, Daredevil, End of Days
David Hayman
The Jackal, Vertical Limit, Rob Roy
Sammi Davis
Four Rooms, The Lair of the White Worm, Mona Lisa
Susan Wooldridge
How to Get Ahead in Advertising, The Shout, Afraid of the Dark
 Music By
Peter Martin
Where the Heart Is, Good Night, and Good Luck.

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