Hope and Glory (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Hope and Glory (1987)




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Director John Boorman pulled a few stylistic pages from Chabrol and Fellini for the intensely autobiographical Hope and Glory. The film is set in London during World War II; we see all through the eyes of Boorman's alter ego, 9-year-old Billy (Sebastian Rice-Edwards). Though surrounded by the horror and tragedy of the war, Billy adopts a child's objectivity, viewing the passing parade in wonder rather than terror. After his family's home is destroyed, Billy is given a different perspective on life when he is evacuated to his grandfather's idyllic country home. Sarah Miles co-stars in Hope and Glory as Billy's mother, while director Boorman's son Charlie portrays a German paratrooper in the now-famous scene where dozens of London women converge to cut precious chunks of silk from the German boy's parachute.


Sammi Davis
as Dawn Rohan
Sarah Miles
as Grace Rohan
Geraldine Muir
as Sue Rohan
David Hayman
as Clive Rohan
Jean-Marc Barr
as Cpl. Bruce Carey
Anne Leon
as Bill's Grandmother
Ian Bannen
as George
Annie Leon
as Bill's Grandmother
Colin Higgins
as Clive's Friend
Shelagh Fraser
as WVS Woman
Gerald James
as Headmaster
Sara Langton
as Pauline
Imogen Cawrse
as Jennifer
Susan Brown
as Mrs. Evans
Charley Boorman
as Luftwaffe Pilot
Peter Hughes
as Policeman
William Armstrong
as Canadian Sergeant
Arthur Cox
as Fireman
Ann Thornton
as Honeymoon Wife
Andrew Bicknell
as Honeymoon Husband
Jodie Andrews
as Roger's Gang Member
Nicholas Askew
as Roger's Gang Member
Jamie Bowman
as Roger's Gang Member
Colin Dale
as Roger's Gang Member
David Parkin
as Roger's Gang Member
Taylor Carlton
as Roger's Gang Member
John Boorman
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Hope and Glory

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

Hope and Glory is an enormous success right now in England, where every frame must have its special memories for British audiences. Through American eyes, it is a more universal film, not so much about war as about memory.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A so interesting film that intelligently draws a thorny terrain, that of mixing tragedy, based on a real dramatic event such as a great war, and fable. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 15, 2020 | Full Review…

..a mixture of farce, tragedy, and boredom in the face of a vague, unknowable existential threat.

March 28, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Nostalgic look at London during WWII has sex, mature themes.

October 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The precision of the characters and the performances that John Boorman draws out of his actors make this a pleasure even when when it's a bit pokey and aimless.

July 25, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Blitz as a comedy: Director John Boorman offers a warmly nostalgic view of his childhood in a London suburb during WWII.

July 28, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hope and Glory

Simply one of the best growing up movies out there. Stands the test of time.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


Time has only strengthened the appeal of this minor masterpiece. If you liked it 25 years ago you'll absolutely love it now.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

War time movie about a boy and his family during the London blitz. The Germans bomb London during the World War II, families homes are destroyed, neighbours die and people are displaced. Even with the war around them, they find time for family, fun and celebrations.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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