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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
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTE48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mike Leigh writes and directs this class struggle comedy drama which portrays the intertwined lives of an extended working class family in London during the Thatcher years. The story follows left-wing bike messenger Cyril Bender (Philip Davis), his girlfriend Shirley (Ruth Sheen) and Cyril's conservative mother (Edna Dore), who lives in the last council house on her street next to the appallingly upper class Boothe-Braines (Lesley Manville and David Bamber). Cyril's consumerist sister Valerie (Heather Tobias) and her car salesman husband Martin (Philip Jackson) join the family to throw a surprise 70th birthday party for Mrs. Bender but, despite their best intentions, the event descends into disaster.

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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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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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Hard to find now days this lovely tale of opposites in typical Thatcher Britain at the time. all the cast are superb here especially the lovely Lesley Manville & versatile Phillip Davies. its worth watching for the daily lives of the Booth Brains & the climax at the end is cringe worthy viewing to say the least.
Brilliant !
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I was disappointed in the filming because I could not watch it without sub-titles. I had already had this item replaced once and the replacement was the same. Rather than send it back (again) I watch it. Liked the story but wouldn't watch it again. Might give the DVD to someone who is hard of hearing.
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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 the increasing neglect of the disadvantaged and vulnerable in society that seems all too prevalent today.
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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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I don't hate this film iteself because it's a GREAT film. The one star is for the actual DVD itself. The first one I bought didn't work so I had to return it for which I got a full refund. I then reordered some months later and the second one had the same problem! Again I returned it for a full refund. Obviously a dodgy batch of DVDs because they just won't play.
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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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