Hope and Glory

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John Boorman's semi-autobiographical film about childhood during war, Hope and Glory, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA.
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Overview

John Boorman's semi-autobiographical film about childhood during war, Hope and Glory, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The effects of World War II on Britain are recalled with bittersweet nostalgia in this beguiling, richly textured film produced, written, and directed by John Boorman Deliverance. Barely nine years old when his family hears a broadcast announcing the commencement of hostilities, the Boorman character played by the delightfully unassuming Sebastian Rice-Edwards sees the conflict as a grand adventure. His working-class parents Sarah Miles and David Hayman display unexpected courage and fortitude, and in the midst of the war the family manages to spend a fairly idyllic summer at the home of grandparents Ian Bannen and Annie Leon. Boorman's evocative film is loosely plotted but lovingly detailed; his re-creation of London during the Blitz is painstakingly accurate, not only in a physical sense but also emotionally and psychologically. High drama rears its portentous head on occasion, but much of Hope and Glory focuses on both the day-to-day banalities associated with wartime hardship and the occasional diversions that relieved family tensions and renewed the spirit. Considerably more sweet and funny than its backdrop might suggest, Hope and Glory is also a moving, memorable tribute to the indomitable will of the British people.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A superlative memoir of life in London during World War II from the unique perspective of a child, this ravishing drama from writer/director John Boorman is his thinly veiled autobiography and an essential work from his canon, arguably his single most important film. Much has been made of the film's fine performances, and they are indeed unforgettable, with young Sebastian Rice-Edwards suitably wide-eyed and vigorous as the hero, and Sammi Davis and Ian Bannen turning in career-high work as the main character's trampy sister and eccentric grandfather, respectively. What makes Hope and Glory 1987 a truly remarkable picture, however, is Boorman's keenly remembered, written, and re-created sense of a child's perception and how the mechanics of the adult world intrude upon it. Shifts in tone and mood occur rapid-fire at times, moving from such extremes as horror to humor to wonder in the same scene, as the filmmaker recalls the instant fluctuations of temperament and feeling that wash through a boy, particularly one subjected to the sensory overload of the London Blitz. When the film moves in its third act to a genteel country home where safety is found with a protective overseer, the change is jarring, but intentionally so. Presenting war as a joy and a thrill is an audacious act of artistic honesty and sets Hope and Glory 1987 in the same category as the same year's similarly underrated, under-seen Empire of the Sun 1987.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 027616862792
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sebastian Rice-Edwards Bill Rohan
Sarah Miles Grace Rohan
David Hayman Clive Rohan
Derrick O'Connor Mac
Susan Wooldridge Molly
Sammi Davis Dawn Rohan
Ian Bannen George
Jean-Marc Barr Cpl. Bruce Carey
Anne Leon Bill's Grandmother
Amelda Brown Hope
Jill Baker Faith
Katrine Boorman Charity
Geraldine Muir Sue Rohan
Nicky Taylor Roger
Gerald James Headmaster
Sara Langton Pauline
Barbara Pierson Teacher
Charley Boorman Luftwaffe Pilot
William Armstrong Canadian Sergeant
John Boorman Voice Only
Nicholas Askew
Colin Higgins Clive's Friend
Shelagh Fraser WVS Woman
Colin Dale Roger's Gang
Imogen Cawrse Jennifer
Susan Brown Mrs. Evans
Peter Hughes Policeman
Ann Thornton Honeymoon Couple
Andrew Bicknell Honeymoon Couple
Christine Crowshaw Pianist
Arthur Cox Fireman
Technical Credits
John Boorman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Andy Armstrong Asst. Director
Paul Ciani Producer
Mike Collins Special Effects
Ian Crafford Editor
Don Dossett Art Director
Anna Dryhurst Makeup
Michael Dryhurst Co-producer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Rodney Fuller Special Effects
Edgar Gross Executive Producer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Peter J. Martin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Phil Stokes Special Effects
Anthony Van Laast Choreography
Joanne Woollard Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Credits/War! [5:37]
2. Enlisted [6:12]
3. Googly [6:33]
4. Bombing Begins [9:23]
5. Toy Soldiers [5:47]
6. Soldier Encounter [8:25]
7. Pauline's Mom [5:14]
8. Innocence Lost [5:40]
9. German Jam [4:59]
10. In Love And War [2:23]
11. Annual Toast [7:24]
12. Love Lost [7:10]
13. New Country Home [5:20]
14. Too Many Women [5:30]
15. Together Again [10:30]
16. Law Of Life/Credits [8:51]
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Side #1
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   Theatrical Trailer
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