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Hope And Glory [DVD] [2005]

Sarah Miles , David Hayman , John Boorman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT5GY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth 25 Oct 2004
By Leo
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Endurance 23 Sep 2005
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Glory 23 Jun 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Glory DVD 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Glory 3 Jan 2010
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, but one small error. 1 Feb 2009
By Polly
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't kill love... 17 Nov 2013
Bill Rohan, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II.

During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue.

His father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his teenage sister runs wild; his mother can't cope; but hopefully everything in the end will eventually turn out all right.....

A semi autobiographical movie by Boorman, Hope and Glory is as British as British movies have been since the old Ealing comedies.

And what's not to like about it? From the movie, you realise that growing up as a young child in WW2, must have had so much impact on your life, from family leaving, to lack of education, its all here, and even though Boorman slightly sugarcoats it and gives it an almost fairy tale like feel, its gripping stuff.

Along with the fantastic cast, including a scene stealing Ian Bannen, the sets are spectacular and really have an authentic feel to the proceedings.

The final third takes you away from the war, and the pain, and lets you spend the rest of the movie enjoying the English summer, a real treat, and a lovely way to end a film.

For the lengthy running time, it moves along quickly, and although its a tough subject for many, the essence of the film is love, and how huge events bring the nuclear family close together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Boorman Classic 16 Nov 2013
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This is right up there with his best films. To see the terror of the Second World War through the eyes of a young boy is breathtakingly original. It's all there: sadness and laugh out loud humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A boy's story during WWII
Excellent account of a boy's experience during the WWII; great cast and well directed. Reminded me of my own childhood days back in the 1940s....
Published 12 days ago by W. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars A vague recollection.
I must confess to being a fan of sarah miles, and am sure I saw a film of this name quite a long time ago, but I don't remember purchasing the D.V.D. Read more
Published 1 month ago by leonard brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved this film
This is an excellent portrayal of my childhood during war time in north west London. A nostalgic and accurate outline of how it was
Published 1 month ago by P. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique WWII film
If on re-seeing this 27 years after it's initial release, it didn't quite hold up to all my grand memories, it came pretty close. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
It brought tears to the eyes of my parents as it brought back memories to them as them as a child
Published 3 months ago by Shotton Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, funny and wonderful evocation of the time .
Great film, funny and wonderful evocation of the time . I used it in combination with 'Good Night Mister Tom' in class.
Published 3 months ago by MR
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
Saw this years ago & enjoyed it every bit as much the second time - even recognised Charley Boorman's cameo in his father's film.
Published 4 months ago by Janet Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
Ordered for gifts as this is a wonderful film… friends have already seen it and my sister was a child during the war so hope she enjoys it.
Published 4 months ago by Black Adder
5.0 out of 5 stars Boorman's Affectionately Nostalgic Tale
This 1987 film written and directed by eclectic British film-maker John Boorman (and based on his own war-time experiences) sits squarely in the category of 'good old-fashioned... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Glory
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 6 months ago by Les
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