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High Hopes

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  • Actors: Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré, Philip Jackson, Heather Tobias
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Writers: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: Simon Channing Williams, Victor Glynn
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 23 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00274O88W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,759 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Mike Leigh has a sharp eye for people and their foibles. Much of his work deflates the pompous windbags, socially important, but mostly unimportant, who dwell in contemporary England.

The heart of the story is an older, widow lady, barely getting by in her council flat in London. Her condition and home are items from a kinder, more generous past when a social safety net was built after WWII. It is now under a ferocious assault by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The widow's socialist son and his partner struggle on, surviving in low paying jobs. They make an effort to look in and care for the old lady. Her yuppy next door neighbors bought their home when all low rent housing was put up for sale. They are disgusted that the widow will not paint or refurbish her rental property. Her vacuous daughter is so busy climbing the social ladder by spending her husband's money that she has no time for her mother. Her husband is an odious businessman who allows his wife to create the facade at home while he has a bit of stuff on the side.

None of the characters are perfect or really nice. That is how Mike Leigh sees life.
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A brilliant depiction of life in London during the Thatcher regime. I will certainly watch this gem again.
True reality and comedy at its best.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x990518c4) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x9905e414) out of 5 stars Long overdue to region 1 DVD! June 26 2009
By Bob Rousseau - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been waiting for "High Hopes" to appear as a Region 1 DVD for a long time. It's the film that introduced me to Mike Leigh's films some 20 odd years ago, and what a glorious adventure it's been! The fantastic ensemble cast includes long-time Leigh actor Philip Davis as an aging leftist motorcycle messenger trying to grapple with a mother who is heading towards probable dementia, a girlfriend who wants to have children while he himself isn't sure children should be brought into the world, and a nouveau riche sister who is all about style over substance. While it's been argued that the affluent characters in the film are presented with less dimension than the others, Leigh doesn't hesistate to portray the leftist characters as baffled about how to turn words into actions. This film is also another example of Leigh's amazing talent for chronicling family dysfunction which he continued to utilize in later films like "Secrets and Lies". This piece is well worth your time!
HASH(0x9905e660) out of 5 stars Norman's High Hopes review: Dec 2 2015
By Norman Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this movie back when it was released. It is one of his best movies I have seen. It is a very English movie with no American overtones as I see it. I have watched it several times on different times. I got lost in the movie and put myself in place of the movie. I spent a lot of time in Britain and in that environment. I can understand the situation that the people in the movie portray. All the actors are Mikes best and have been in his other movies.
This movie is a good social movie and there is a message that Mike does try to show and in all his movies they are all all the same social comment.
That's why I like Mike Leigh's films because of this. This was a hard movie to find and Walmart and others like do not carry these type of films.
Once you watch the movie you will get lost in the film and accent to. Now this is Britain that I know. I have some other films of Mike Leigh.
Id recommend to watch the film if it ever does come on TV. That is rare to. I don't think TCM or Hollywood Suites would carry the film.
I like it and I will soon watch it again as it has been several years since I saw it. Its better to watch the movie alone with no interruption.
I am a an of British films like this and some others. Phil Davis and Ruth Sheen are matched perfectly together with Phil's mother Edna Dore.
Watch the Movie it will stick in your mind for a long time it's already stuck in my mind......
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HASH(0x9905e624) out of 5 stars Five Stars Dec 24 2014
By me upstate - Published on Amazon.com
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One of Leigh's very best.
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HASH(0x9905e918) out of 5 stars An Early Misstep June 27 2013
By mr. contrarian - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are new to Mike Leigh, by all means watch "Secrets & Lies", "Another Year", or "Happy Go Lucky" first. In 1988, he was still experimenting with his improvisations. This one lacks enough character development, plot, or back story. It seems he is making EVERYONE above middle class idiotic cruel narcissists and everyone below it warm hearted and fair. The sloppy speech at the grave of Karl Marx almost ruins the whole film. Luckily, he wouldn't make those mistakes again.
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HASH(0x9905ee1c) out of 5 stars no subtitles Aug. 28 2010
By R BALAKRISHNAN - Published on Amazon.com
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A lovely film with poor sound quality and no subtitles in english to make up for it. Bad buy.


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