Big screen classics

Hope and Glory

A rich portrait of a suburban London family living through the Blitz.

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UK-USA 1987
Dir John Boorman
With Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David Hayman
112min
Digital
Certificate 15

John Boorman’s autobiographical film about a suburban London family living through the Blitz adopts an unusually light, even comic, tone in depicting the trials and tribulations of war; the narrative point of view is largely that of nine-year-old Billy, who sees the turmoil as an opportunity for adventure. The affectionate nostalgia reaps dividends in its portrayal of a Britain undergoing unexpected change.