Hope and Glory


Hope and Glory

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Director John Boorman pulled a few stylistic pages from Chabrol and Fellini for the intensely autobiographical Hope and Glory. The film is set in London during World War II; we see all through the eyes of Boorman's alter ego, 9-year-old Billy (Sebastian Rice-Edwards). Though surrounded by the horror and tragedy of the war, Billy adopts a child's objectivity, viewing the passing parade in wonder rather than terror. After his family's home is destroyed, Billy is given a different perspective on life when he is evacuated to his grandfather's idyllic country home. Sarah Miles co-stars in Hope and Glory as Billy's mother, while director Boorman's son Charlie portrays a German paratrooper in the now-famous scene where dozens of London women converge to cut precious chunks of silk from the German boy's parachute.


Sammi Davis
as Dawn Rohan
Sarah Miles
as Grace Rohan
Geraldine Muir
as Sue Rohan
David Hayman
as Clive Rohan
Jean-Marc Barr
as Cpl. Bruce Carey
Anne Leon
as Bill's Grandmother
Ian Bannen
as George
Annie Leon
as Bill's Grandmother
Colin Higgins
as Clive's Friend
Shelagh Fraser
as WVS Woman
Gerald James
as Headmaster
Sara Langton
as Pauline
Imogen Cawrse
as Jennifer
Susan Brown
as Mrs. Evans
Charley Boorman
as Luftwaffe Pilot
Peter Hughes
as Policeman
William Armstrong
as Canadian Sergeant
Arthur Cox
as Fireman
Ann Thornton
as Honeymoon Wife
Andrew Bicknell
as Honeymoon Husband
Jodie Andrews
as Roger's Gang Member
Nicholas Askew
as Roger's Gang Member
Jamie Bowman
as Roger's Gang Member
Colin Dale
as Roger's Gang Member
David Parkin
as Roger's Gang Member
Taylor Carlton
as Roger's Gang Member
John Boorman
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Hope and Glory

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Audience Reviews for Hope and Glory

  • Jul 19, 2015
    A very well made film about life during the second world war and the stoicism of the British people. Wonderfully acted and very heartfelt at times. The sequel to this (released this year) definitely does this justice but this is better.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2013
    The definitive film of a people under attack..a personal tale of maintaining your day to day life as the bombs rain down. It was the defiance of a people and it is captured ever so well by John Boorman.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2013
    Simply one of the best growing up movies out there. Stands the test of time.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    The 80s were plagued by WWII movies that emphasized the perspective and innocence of a child's heart, and all of them were good, if not excellent. Hope and Glory stands as an unremarkable one, but it still is capable of irradiating realism and honesty throughout with some uncalled 'melo' touches but with smart moves throughout. 74/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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