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Hope Springs (2003)




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Not a sequel to 1998's Hope Floats, Hope Springs is a romantic comedy based on the 2001 novel New Cardiff, the first new book in over 20 years by Charles Webb, author of The Graduate. Directed and written for the screen by Mark Herman (Brassed Off), the film stars Colin Firth as lovelorn British artist Colin Ware. After being left by his fiancée Vera (Minnie Driver), Colin takes to sulking about in a small Vermont hotel run by Joanie Fisher (Mary Steenburgen). When Joanie becomes aware of Colin's broken heart, she decides to match him up with a local woman named Mandy (Heather Graham). But just as romance begins to ensue between Colin and Mandy, Vera suddenly pops back into the picture with intentions of rekindling her relationship with Colin. Oliver Platt heads up the supporting cast that also includes Frank Collison and Chad Faust.

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Colin Firth
as Colin Ware
Oliver Platt
as Doug Reed
Mary Steenburgen
as Joanie Fisher
Mary Black
as Mrs. Peterson
Alan Giles
as Mr. West
Dolores Drake
as Waitress
Howard Storey
as Mr. Golfer
June B. Wilde
as Mrs. Golfer
Susan Bonham
as Ivy Hotel Waitress
Ken Kramer
as Harold Peterson
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
as Tina the Cleaner
Andrew Keilty
as Yoga Instructor
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Critic Reviews for Hope Springs

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

The whole film, written and directed by Mark Herman, feels like watching concrete set.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A date movie that's well worth making a date with.

May 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Somehow it can't make the leap from an enjoyable light film to a movie to remember.

April 4, 2003

Firth, who is one of the best of the rom com actors out there, eventually crashes into the film's multitude of shortcomings

July 2, 2004 | Rating: 45/100 | Full Review…

Hope Springs went straight to video after being savaged by critics and audiences in the UK, and that's about where it belongs.

May 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hopelessly boring.

April 8, 2004 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Hope Springs


I picked up an ex rental for $2, and I think I still paid too much. I usually don't mind Heather Graham's rom coms, even the silly ones, but this was just crappy. Wtf with her getting drunk in the car and then taking off all her clothes. It was like watching a special needs person. Also, the sound on the dvd is atrocious. The music is much louder than the speaking, so I had a choice between keeping the volume low and not being able to hear all that was said, and keeping it high and having music blast out loudly - as in, neighbours will complain, loudly. I lasted 40 minutes. Just long enough got Minnie Driver to show up. It's a pity she and Colin didn't just go home at this point and end the movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I am a fan of both Colin Firth and Minnie Driver. This is not my favorite film but it is funny and worth seeing. Colin plays an artist whom lives in England with his love (Driver). When she leaves him Colin decides to have a big change by moving to New England. While staying there he encounters many ineresting characters such as the hotel's owner (the wonderful Mary Steenburgen)and her husband. At the same time he meets a beautiful off the wall lady (Heather Graham). Will home call him back to his 1st true love or stay in the states is for you to find out.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

Genuinly good film. The twists are great.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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