Taglines: The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.
Beginning just before the start of the Second World War, the film tells the story of the Rohan 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, leaving Grace alone to watch over the children.
Seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Bill, 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, but 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, becomes pregnant and, finding her life turned upside down, soon discovers the value of her family.
The family eventually moves to the Thames-side home of Grace’s parents when their house burns down (not in an air raid, but in an ordinary fire). This provides an opportunity for Bill to spend more time with his curmudgeonly grandfather.
Hope and Glory is a 1987 British comedy-drama-war film, written, produced and directed by John Boorman and based on his own experiences of growing up in the Blitz in London during the Second World War. The title is derived from the traditional British patriotic song “Land of Hope and Glory”. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Hope and Glory (1987)
Directed by: John Boorman
Starring: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sammi Davis, Derrick O’Connor, Susan Wooldridge, Jean-Marc Barr, Katrine Boorman
Screenplay by: John Boorman
Production Design by: Anthony Pratt
Cinematography by: Philippe Rousselot
Film Editing by: Ian Crafford
Costume Design by: Shirley Russell
Set Decoration by: Joanne Woollard
Art Direction by: Don Dossett
Music by: Peter Martin
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 13, 1987