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High Hopes [DVD]

Philip Davis , Ruth Sheen , Mike Leigh    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson, Heather Tobias
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Writers: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: Simon Channing Williams, Victor Glynn
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTE48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Mike Leigh's class struggle comedy of manners concentrates on the intertwined lives of left-wing bike messenger Cyril Bender (Philip Davis), his girlfriend Shirley (Ruth Sheen), Cyril's mother (Edna Dore), who lives in the last council house in her street, his mother's appalling yuppie neighbours (Lesley Manville and David Bamber), Cyril's desperately consumerist sister Valerie (Heather Tobias), and her wide boy husband Martin (Philip Jackson).

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all.; SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...High Hopes

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Leigh nearly at his best 25 Jun 2007
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
There are a lot of excellent things in this film. The central partnership of Cyril and Shirley is warm and touching - two really nice, interesting and amusing people - and they are beautifully acted by Phil Davis and Ruth Sheen, whose wonderfully expressive face is a delight. The plight of his old Mum, bewildered, negative and not coping, is bitter-sweet, with some rather black humour in the bleakness. The film is often very funny, and some dialogue is sharp and effective. But some things to me don't ring true. The over-the-top middle class couple are not just ghastly, (David Bamber and Lesley Manville, good enough in the roles) they are grotesque and beyond belief, and so particularly is Cyril's hysterical sister. This is the world of 'Abigail's Party', but a shade more extreme and, I think, a step too far. Still, the film is enjoyable and the ending,

which is really a kind of happy ending though not one which comes close to resolving all of the issues raised in the film, is rather poetic and certainly fitting. It's a good film, an enjoyable film, but with its patchy side.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Entertaining 26 Nov 2010
High Hopes is a Mike Leigh film, which should tell you at once that this is a delightful, funny, intelligent, well-made and brilliantly acted look at English society. It is a beautifully-filmed tale of a sweet working-class couple as they go through some simple but crazy adventures, such as visiting granny and coping with other people's social climbing. The dialogue is spot-on and totally believable, while the goings-on are definitely comic. If you have never seen a Mike Leigh film (how?) you will find this an enjoyable place to begin. The lead role is played by Ruth Sheen who has appeared in several of his other films including Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake; she won a Best Actress award for the role.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Hopes DVD 10 Aug 2011
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Fine service, however i thought I was ordering the Welsh TV series of High Hopes - my mistake.
Have since found from contacting BBC Wales that High Hopes TV series is not on DVD, which is very sad is this appears to be a fore runner for Gavin & Stacey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Mike LEigh 26 Jun 2013
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Seen this on TV years ago and loved it!! Just saw this DVD the other week and was not disappointed. All the actors and characters are just classic!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope is high 2 Mar 2013
Great film by the man himself its not mike leighs finest but its definitely a fine piece of film making. I loved it and the more i watch it the better it gets you relate to these people as though they are real the acting is that good. I just really love this film for it humour its heart and its spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hopes fulfilled 20 Feb 2013
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Another Magical Mike film,if you want to see a real life script come to life watch this great film and be sure to see all his others
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Hopes 22 Feb 2012
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High Hopes is good Mike Leigh stuff. We are given a window through which to glimpse a little piece of British social culture as it affects a few inter-connected people. Perhaps each character is a little bit too extreme in reflecting their individual reaction to life in 2007 Britain but that may be necessary for the illustration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
Whilst this is quite an entertaining film,(though somewhat dated), it is not at all what I thought I was ordering! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Grassian
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat Mike
Classic Mike Leigh - a must see for Mike Leigh fans - Essential viewing for those of you who are unfamiliar with his work - need I say anymore?
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Franco
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mike Leigh film
I remember seeing this film years ago. Brought back memories of the 1980's and the beginnings of the increasing concentration of wealth into the hands of the privileged few and... Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by M. A. Pell
4.0 out of 5 stars Moaning old git
Mike Leigh makes wonderfully watchable movies doesnt he?, This movie is a bit of a companion piece to his last movie, 'Another Year'. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Peter Chiff
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Leigh
A classic Mike Leigh movie - not one of the best but I still enjoyed it and glad that I can add it to my collection. Amusing as always in that black comedy way. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Unfortunately I thought this DVD was very disappointing. It might just be me not in the mood for crazy eccentric people but to me they were just too far from the centre of normal.
Published on 16 April 2010 by Ms. Margot Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This film really taps into something special. Hard to explain it. Just watch it. Especially if you are a Londoner.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by David
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