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Hope and Glory (1987)

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 2. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »

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Sebastian Rice-Edwards ...
Bill Rohan (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ...
Sue Rohan
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Mac
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Molly
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Cpl. Bruce Carrey
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Amelda Brown ...
Hope
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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 2. 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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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19 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Esperanza y gloria  »

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$10,021,120 (USA)
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Charley Boorman: as a ditched Luftwaffe Pilot. He is the son of the film's director, John Boorman. See more »

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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 »

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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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Very well-done
19 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WWII Britan is shown through the eyes of 8 year old Billy (Sebastian Rice Edwards). His father leaves to fight and he's left with his two sisters and mother. Based on director John Boorman's life. Sounds depressing but it's not. The kids back then treated the war as if it were a big game. They would go through bombed out houses looking for stuff to take---or break and made games with all the stuff they found.

There's really no story--it just follows Billy and his family through the course of the war and all the incidents that happened. The 1930-40s setting is captured perfectly and (I've heard) accurately portrays life in Britain at that time--through a child's eyes with a comic twist. The acting is all very good--especially Edwards, Sarah Miles (as the mother) and Sammi Davis (as a rebellious daughter).

This film is leisurely paced and some viewers might find it dull but others will find it absolutely fascinating--showing how an average British family made it through WWII. I give it a 9.


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