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Hope And Glory

PG-13 In Theaters 06/11/1991 , 97min.
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Plot & Details

An affectionate reverie about war, childhood, and British stoicism, John Boorman's Hope and Glory is the veteran filmmaker's recollection of the bombing of London during World War II. Set on the British home front during the early days of the war, this episodic movie shows the blitz through the eyes of seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice-Edwards). At the war's outset, Billy finds himself alone in a house full of women, as all the men are called off to join the war effort. With wide-eyed wonder and an outsized imagination, Billy sees the war as a grand diversion, an extension of his world of knights, tin soldiers, and war games. As bombs fall and houses burn, Billy's mother (Sarah Miles) struggles to keep the family together in her husband's absence. Even as Billy seeks to escape the harem of aunts and sisters, Dawn (Sammi Davis), his older sister, falls for a Canadian soldier, who gets her pregnant. After the Rohans' home catches fire (not, ironically, as the result of a bomb blast, but from a domestic accident), the family is forced to move in with Billy's cantankerous grandfather in the countryside, where they spend the rest of their summer and enjoy an unusual idyll amid the raging war. Nominated in 1987 for a Best Picture Academy Award, Hope and Glory proved to be another high point in the career of the remarkably protean Boorman.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Philippe Rousselot Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Joanne Woollard Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay John Boorman Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture John Boorman Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director John Boorman Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Anthony Pratt Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director John Boorman Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture John Boorman Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Susan Wooldridge Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy John Boorman Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director John Boorman Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture John Boorman Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Susan Wooldridge Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film John Boorman Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay John Boorman Won
1986 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1986 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director John Boorman Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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