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  • Actors: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Ian Bannen, Derrick O'Connor
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Producers: John Boorman
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT5GY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British writer/director John Boorman ( The Emerald Forest ) draws us into an astonishing and exhilarating portrait of his own childhood, set against the terrors of a London torn apart by the onset of WWII. Seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice Edwards) finds his childhood to be atime of great dangerand even greater discovery. From thunderous bombings at his own doorstep andthe constant threat of Luftwaffe air raids to the landing of a German paratrooper in his neighborhood and the joyous obliteration of his much-hated school, Billy's young life is shapedand even enrichedby the one positive thing war has brought him: liberation from the ordinary. And though Billy is surrounded by decimation and the smoking remnants of ruined lives, his sense of enchanted wonderment and innocence in the face of man's most destructive folly affect him in a way that alters his life forever.

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This winning 1987 epic written and directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, The General) serves as a picaresque and semi-autobiographical remembrance of a boy's coming of age during the Second World War. Exhibiting a defiant and humorous take on life during the London blitz, the family of the young boy at the center of the story (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) are a close-knit and resilient bunch, undeterred in the face of the war and revelling in each other's company even as they hide from the incessant bombing. To be sure, there are some poignant moments in this childhood reminiscence, such as when the boy's older sister (Sammi Davis) falls in love with a Canadian, becomes pregnant, and marries him, only to see him taken away by the military police. And the boy's mother (Sarah Miles) serves as a strong influence in the his life as she leads her family through this tumultuous time.

The majestic sweep of the film is contrasted with so many comic moments as the people in town go about the mundane details of their daily lives yet also engage in the most absurd rituals in dealing with the onslaught of German artillery - from taking the air raids for granted to wearing gas masks at school. Boorman doesn't dwell on the horrors of war; instead he celebrates the richness and resilience of the people he remembers so fondly. An adventurous and nostalgic slice of life, Hope and Glory is a superb and memorable film. --Robert Lane

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Leo on 25 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
This film is as good as it gets for realism for the WW11 period in GREAT BRITAIN .
Lawn mowers stop mowing , war is declared and off we go , not knowing what we have in front of us . The film follows the fortunes of a family during the war with some wonderful ups and downs to which I can relate . If you are interested in WW11 then this film is a must . It will give you an insight to the way of life for ordinary folk during this difficult time as well as how the other half lived . BUY IT and ENJOY IT.... it really is how it was .
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2005
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This film focuses on an English family which struggles to cope with the Blitz during World War Two. The devastation of attacks on London is brilliantly juxtaposed with the idyllic countryside to which Grace Rohan (Sarah Miles) relocates with her children after her husband Clive (David Hayman) goes off to war. Much of the story is based on director John Boorman's own childhood experiences at a time when there seemed so little reason for hope. "Glory" certainly describes the eventual Allied victory but also the courage of the English people meanwhile and certainly the affirmation of shared values which bound so many families together amidst fear, separation, death, and destruction. Much of the film's focus is on Grace's father (Ian Bannen), a patriarch to be sure and (at times) something of an eccentric, but a loving and decent man nonetheless, struggling to cope with all manner of domestic crises while providing a safe haven for daughters Grace, Faith, Hope, and Charity. He and grandson Billy (Sebastian Rice Edwards) forge a special bond in response to the pastoral "harem" in which they find themselves. This is a charming film but also one which also offers some sobering insights into how disruptive wartime conditions can be, especially to a sensible and sensitive boy such as Billy. His perspective is presumably Boorman's (re-established years later) and done so with style and grace.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Polly on 1 Feb. 2009
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This is a film that reminded me of my wartime childhood - in the London suburbs. I remember looking for trophies in the mornings after the raids, with very little success. Except for the time two of us found the remains of a V1 that had exploded in fields near us and we carted away a section of the wing in a wheelbarrow !
The film conveys faithfully the contrast in the lives of the adults and children of the time. Our parents were fearful of what the future might bring, we saw life as a great adventure with the frisson of danger to add spice. Predictably our summers were sunny and the winters gave us lots of snow. The film suggests this beautifully and it took me back to my childhood.
My one criticism is that bomb damage was cleared away as soon as possible after the event. Steets may have had blank gaps but no heaps of rubble.
This is an excellent film, made with humour and sensitivity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary, Little Bay on 30 Jan. 2013
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Another classic I've been searching for. We live in a Retirement Village and I do the Wednesday night films - they love my selection and will adore this as a lot of them are English and remember the Blitz.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Pitson on 3 Jan. 2010
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Exactly what I wanted.
Probally the best film about the "war at home" ever made.
Recreated the action,sights,sounds and spirit.
Great acting by all the cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ipcress22 on 18 Dec. 2011
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An accurate interpretation of wartime family life. John Boorman has produced an ideal balance between the domestic trials and tribulations and the element of humour that maintained morale in wartime Britain. The set construction is realistic especially the air-raid and bombsite scenes and the only change required to enhance the realism would be to reduce the colour setting to black and white.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cecile-P on 23 Jun. 2005
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One of the best film on WWII in London... and surprisingly enough not available in the UK (and not even in European format).
I first saw the film about 15 years ago and have now bought it for my daughter (it fits perfectly with the year 3 curriculum) and of course for me. I think we've watched it about 10 times over the last 6 months.
Moving and fun, don't hesitate to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Stevens on 23 Mar. 2009
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One must remember that in 1939 no one expected Britain would be on the winning side in the second world war. 'Hope and Glory' is the scene meanwhile, back home in Blighty, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Based on writer/ director John Boorman's own wartime experience, the story has ups and downs, its romantic its cynical and there are some wonderful comedy moments. If you've ever listened to older people talk about 'the war' and not quite believed everything they've said, then this film is for you. Yes, people were scared of the bombing, but they pulled together in face of an uncertain future. They also had fun.
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