Hope and Glory
Comedy / Drama / Romance
Hope and Glory
Comedy / Drama / Romance
A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school.
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Hope and Glory is one of my favourite films and gets a rare airing
tonight on satellite's FX UK channel at 9pm. I saw it 18 years ago on
its release and numerous times since and it still takes a place in my
fav. top 10 of all time. The settings are truly wonderful, the humour
as British as it gets and a performance by Ian Bannen that shows what
good British acting is all about. His naming of former love conquests
at the family Christmas party is one of cinemas funniest pieces of
comedy. The cast is perfect and the whole film is a joy from beginning
to end. It was deservedly nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and
although failed to win would have been my choice. Highly recommended.
Through the eyes of a child
Undoubtably one of the best movies about "the home front" of WWII, Hope
Glory effectively recalls the child's perspective of living amidst the
rubble of the Blitz. The film's strength, in my view, is how people tried
their best to maintain their normal lives and customs as their world
crumbled around them, both literally and figuratively.
The young man playing the central character does a fine job of bringing
Boorman's childhood to life. The natural ability of children to adjust to
change (but not without consequences) is brilliantly depicted. The "gang"
sequences were not only funny but also felt remarkably true, especially
collection of plundered booty and scrap war material. It's just the type
mischief you'd expect from letting the boys run wild through this type of
Sarah Miles and Sammi Davis are excellent as the mother and older sister
the central character; their interaction shows the damage war does to
relationships and moral values. The highlight for me was the grandfather,
however. The gentleman stole every scene in which he appears. The final
scenes of the movie show his delight in his grandson in such a novel and
moving way that it became almost the film's highlight.
I worked with a man who lived in London during the war, when he would have
been the same age as the boy in this story. He told me that he considered
this movie the best one he'd ever seen on World War II and recommended
I watch it. I've never regretted it. Thanks, Jack.
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A Funny, poignant, truthful, and enjoyable child's-eye view of London during The Blitz.
Since I first saw it, 15 years ago, a little film in a little theater, I
have regarded John Boorman's recollections of life as a grade-schooler
during "The Blitz" as astonishing. Over the years I've used the movie
bring to life the very points that Anna Freud makes in her diaries of
"War Nurseries" she ran in Hampstead. While the movie is always
entertaining, it nevertheless shows the effects on kids and families of
at home during a war: the separations, the losses, the physical damage,
inflammation of aggressive impulses in normal kids, the loosening of
parental control over adolescents, the dropping of the curtains we use
keep kids from seeing more than they ought to. The film is wonderfully
English, with customary attention to period detail, and a great
of eccentric and memorable secondary characters. You've just got to see
geography lesson, featuring a middle-aged martinet school-marm who
away at a world map, using her pointer to punctuate her lesson on the
vastness of England's pre-war empire. I have seen this movie on video,
can say that it translates well to the small screen. In fact it was
for British TV. See it. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And don't tell
anyone--You'll learn something, too.