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.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
- Run Time: 92min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/31/2004
- DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
- Distributor(s): Buena Vista
- Themes: Fish Out of Water,Love Triangles,Starting Over
- Tone: Heartwarming,Light,Quirky,Sweet
New-England, artist, fiancee, heartbreak, love-triangle, lovelorn, nurse, small-town
- Country of Origin: UK (05-09-2003),USA - Limited (09-05-2003)
- Language: English