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High Hopes [DVD]


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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 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTE48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,970 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Alexander on 26 Nov. 2010
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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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By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2014
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Although Mike Leigh does give us a fleeting moment of positivism (or, at least, reflective nostalgia) at the conclusion of this 1988 work, it’s difficult to avoid the heavy irony in his title, as we are plunged into the depths of materialistic obsession and class division in High Hopes’ portrayal of late Thatcher-era, 1980s Britain. It’s a film (the first, amazingly, for the big screen that Leigh was able to make in the 17 years since Bleak Moments) which fits firmly into the mould established by his earlier TV plays and the outstanding 'TV movie’ 1983’s Meantime, with its slow-paced, episodic, but highly perceptive observational style – a look and feel in which Leigh was aided and abetted by Roger Pratt’s intimate and naturalistic cinematography and Andrew Dickson’s idiosyncratic, sombre score.

High Hopes is also a film for which Leigh has (at least partially) held his hand up to the frequently levelled charge of 'character exaggeration’ – here, specifically, that of Heather Tobias’ unbearable social aspirant Valerie, a sort of Beverly from Abigail’s Party whose bad taste is taken to the nth degree, with traits of Marion Bailey’s insecure (auntie) Barbara from Meantime thrown in. Valerie is one of Leigh’s central 6-hander here – wife to Philip Jackson’s 'Boycie-like’ car dealer and 'lothario’ Martin and sister to Phil Davis’ frustrated socialist Cyril (paired in a loving, but fragile, relationship with Ruth Sheen’s Shirley), both couples at the opposite end of the social spectrum to Lesley Manville (excellent again) and David Bamber’s larger-than-life 'property magnates’, the upper class Boothe-Braines (no pun intended, no doubt).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Horn on 2 Mar. 2013
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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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By EAP of B on 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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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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By M. R. Smith on 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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By Franco on 16 Jan. 2012
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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?
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