Hope and Glory (film)

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Hope and Glory is a 1987 British/American comedy-drama-war film, written and directed by John Boorman. Boorman based the film on his own early life experiences of growing up in the Blitz in London during World War II.[1][2] The title of the movie derives from the traditional British patriotic song "Land of Hope and Glory".

The film received Academy Awards nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.



Beginning just before the start of World War II, the movie tells the story of the Rowan family: Bill, his sisters Sue and Dawn, and his parents Grace and Clive, living in a suburb of London. After the war starts, Clive joins the army, whilst Grace continues to watch over the children.

Seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Billy, the "fireworks" provided by the Blitz every night are as exciting as they are terrifying. His family do not see things in quite the same way as the bombs continue to drop, their will to survive brings them closer together. The nightly raids do not provide the only drama, however, as his older sister, Dawn, falls for a Canadian soldier [3] and finding her life turned upside down, soon discovers how valuable family is. The family eventually moves outside of their London suburban home to the home of Grace's parents when their home burns down (not in an air raid, but in an ordinary house fire).


Archival film

The "newsreel" footage shown in the local cinema contains scenes from the 1969 film Battle of Britain.

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