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Hope Floats Details


Actor/director Forest Whitaker (Forest Whitaker) helmed this romantic drama about a one-time high-school beauty queen who returns to her hometown of Smithville, TX. The Steven Rogers screenplay begins in Chicago, where blonde Connie (Rosanna Arquette, uncredited) appears on a trashy daytime talk show and tells a nationwide TV audience about her affair with the husband of her best friend, Birdie Pruitt (Sandra Bullock). Walking into the ambush, Birdie is paraded forth for a public humiliation as Connie's claim is confirmed by husband Bill (Michael Paré). Birdie and her young daughter, Bernice (Mae Whitman), then move back to Texas to live with Birdie's eccentric mother, Ramona (Gena Rowlands), a taxidermist who has filled the house with stuffed animals. Since most of Smithville saw the TV show, embarrassment keeps Birdie sitting around the house in her pajamas; however, her moment of glory as the homecoming "Queen of Corn" has not been forgotten by handyman Justin Matisse (Harry Connick Jr.), the first guy who kissed her back in high school, so a romance soon begins. "Just give hope a chance to float up and it will," says Birdie. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:May 29, 1998


Sandra Bullock
as Birdee Pruitt
Harry Connick, Jr.
as Justin Matisse
Gena Rowlands
as Ramona Calvert
Mae Whitman
as Bernice Pruitt
Michael Paré
as Bill Pruitt
Cameron Finley
as Travis
Kathy Najimy
as Toni Post
Bill Cobbs
as Nurse
Connie Ray
as Bobbi-Claire
Rosanna Arquette
as Connie
Norman Bennett
as Mr. Davis


Forest Whitaker
Lynda Obst
Steven Rogers
Caleb Deschanel
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Chew
Larry Fulton
Production Designer
Christa Munro
Art Director
Elizabeth Joan Hooper
Associate Producer
Mary McLaglen
Executive Producer
Sandra Bullock
Executive Producer
Douglas Mowat
Set Designer
Felipe Borrero
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Ronnie Yeskel
Forest Whitaker
Music Producer
Don Was
Music Producer