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An affectionate reverie about war, childhood, and British stoicism, John Boorman's Hope and Glory is the veteran filmmaker's recollection of the bombing of London during World War II. Set on the British home front during the early days of the war, this episodic movie shows the blitz through the eyes of seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice-Edwards). At the war's outset, Billy finds himself alone in a house full of women, as all the men are called off to join the war effort. With wide-eyed wonder and an outsized imagination, Billy sees the war as a grand diversion, an extension of his world of knights, tin soldiers, and war games. As bombs fall and houses burn, Billy's mother (Sarah Miles) struggles to keep the family together in her husband's absence. Even as Billy seeks to escape the harem of aunts and sisters, Dawn (Sammi Davis), his older sister, falls for a Canadian soldier, who gets her pregnant. After the Rohans' home catches fire (not, ironically, as the result of a bomb blast, but from a domestic accident), the family is forced to move in with Billy's cantankerous grandfather in the countryside, where they spend the rest of their summer and enjoy an unusual idyll amid the raging war. Nominated in 1987 for a Best Picture Academy Award, Hope and Glory proved to be another high point in the career of the remarkably protean Boorman. ~ Elbert Ventura, Rovi

  • Release date:October 16, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joanne Woollard Best Art Direction 1987 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Susan Wooldridge Best Supporting Actress 1987 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Boorman Best Director 1986 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Boorman Best Screenplay 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Boorman Best Picture - Musical or Comedy 1987 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Boorman Best Director 1987 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Boorman Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Boorman Best Original Screenplay 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Boorman Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Boorman Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards John Boorman Best Foreign Film 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Philippe Rousselot Best Cinematography 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Pratt Best Art Direction 1987 Nominee

Cast

Sebastian Rice-Edwards
as Bill Rohan
Sarah Miles
as Grace Rohan
David Hayman
as Clive Rohan
Derrick O'Connor
as Mac
Susan Wooldridge
as Molly
Sammi Davis
as Dawn Rohan
Ian Bannen
as George
Jean-Marc Barr
as Cpl. Bruce Carey
Anne Leon
as Bill's Grandmother
Amelda Brown
as Hope
Jill Baker
as Faith
Katrine Boorman
as Charity
Geraldine Muir
as Sue Rohan
Nicky Taylor
as Roger
Gerald James
as Headmaster
Sara Langton
as Pauline
Charley Boorman
as Luftwaffe Pilot
William Armstrong
as Canadian Sergeant
John Boorman
as Narrator
Nicholas Askew
Colin Higgins
as Clive's Friend
Shelagh Fraser
as WVS Woman
Colin Dale
as Roger's Gang
Imogen Cawrse
as Jennifer
Peter Hughes
as Policeman
Ann Thornton
as Honeymoon Couple
Andrew Bicknell
as Honeymoon Couple
Christine Crowshaw
as Pianist
Arthur Cox
as Fireman
Christine Crowshaw
as Pianist
Colin Higgins
as Clive's Friend
Imogen Cawrse
as Jennifer
Colin Dale
as Roger's Gang
Shelagh Fraser
as WVS Woman
William Armstrong
as Canadian Sergeant
Ann Thornton
as Honeymoon Couple
Andrew Bicknell
as Honeymoon Couple
Peter Hughes
as Policeman
John Boorman
as Narrator

Crew

John Boorman
Director
John Boorman
Producer
John Boorman
Screenwriter
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Ian Crafford
Editor
Anthony Pratt
Production Designer
Don Dossett
Art Director
Michael Dryhurst
Co-producer
Edgar Gross
Executive Producer
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Joanne Woollard
Set Designer
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Stokes
Special Effects
Anthony Van Laast
Choreography
Mary Selway
Casting
Michael Dryhurst
Second Unit Director
Anna Dryhurst
Makeup
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