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Hope Floats (1998)

Sandra Bullock , Harry Connick Jr. , Forest Whitaker  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman, Michael Paré
  • Directors: Forest Whitaker
  • Writers: Steven Rogers
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Joan Hooper, Lynda Obst, Mary McLaglen, Reba Merrill
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ZXSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hope Floats" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Birdee Pruitt (Bullock) has a life most people would envy. But when her cheating husband reveals infidelity to her on a national TV talk show, her perfect life comes crashing down. Devastated, Birdee and her young daughter head home to the small town she left behind. As mother and daughter struggle to adjust to their new lives, Birdee slowly gains the strength to open her heart and find hope again.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope Floats March 19, 2008
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What an excellent movie about how difficult it is to go home. Birdie Pruitt was what every girl dreams of being in high school - the cheerleader, beauty queen, and married to her sweetheart. When her husband leaves her for none other than her best friend, Birdie comes home to start her life again. For some, it is nice to have her home, but for others, they love throwing her failures in her face.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Cup Runneth Over.............. April 14, 2003
This has to be one of my very favorite movies and the soundtrack is THE BEST COUNTRY music I have ever heard, and I don't even listen to Country Music LOL in fact I liked the music (and the movie) so much I have purchased both for friends at least twice!!! On to my review.....
Gena Rowlands is Fantastic as the Momma, Harry Connick Jr. is simply charming as the "wanna be" Beau, the actor that played "Travis" was adorable and heartwarming, Bernice (the daughter of Sandra Bullock in the movie) was casted very well she was perfect as a stubborn, hurt and confused little girl trying to deal with the divorce of her Beloved Daddy and her (now seen as the enemy) Momma. Of course I can not leave out Sandra Bullock I was impressed with her ability to portray the hurt and the recovery of a women who has sunk to depression after her husband has found another, a mother that is struggling to keep it together for her child and a daughter that comes home to a town and a Mother that remembers her in a certain light.
Forrest Whitaker did a tremendous job In my Honest Opinion with selecting this cast, creating scenes that make you feel all of what the characters are going through. From the Gena Rowlands character all the way to the children. I can not recommend this movie enough for anyone. Caution.... It's not light, there are some funny moments and there are some very sad moments. It deals with death, infidelity and parents neglecting their children.
I watched this with my 12 year old, she loved it!!! The soundtrack maybe hard to find but do yourself a favor FIND IT!! it is definately worth it. I had to finally find mine on auction sites and it can come pretty pricy brand new/sealed but still if I ever heard something worth the ticket price the soundtrack for this movie is one of them.
Also if you like this type of movie (with pretty much the same subject matter) check out "Something to Talk About" which stars Gena Rowland as the Momma as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best romance ever made September 9, 1999
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The first time I saw this movie, was one night at my best friends house. We were expecting a sizzling romance with a lot of love scenes. Instead we got a straight forward movie about life, love and hard choices. We both fell in love with the characters. It's so real because as soon as Birdee comes back, she doesn't immediately fall for Justin, she's still hurt, and she still has feelings for Bill. Gradually she lets him inside her world of hurt feelings and broken hearts and realizes she does love him, but she wants things to work out with Bill, so she leaves him in the dust. After the funeral, she realizes that Justin's not going to give up on her, no matter what. It's so realistic, her pain is so real. The feelings between her and Bernice are so real because not every mother and daughter are as close as they could be. Tissues are a must, I've seen this movie so many times, I know all the lines, but I still cry. For those that have never been through this sort of pain, this movie can be incredibly long and boring, just wait until a bad breakup to watch it. You'll change your mind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time faves... November 6, 2001
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Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actors and she shines in Hope Floats. I think it's an ideal movie for anyone with a heart not because of Sandra's awe-inspiring talent, but because of the theme behind the movie. The movie stars a mother, Sandra, who has just leaned, on national television no less, that her husband's been cheating on her. She leaves him and takes her young daughter, played by Mae Whitman, to live with her mother in her small hometown. She comes in contact, more often than she wants, with someone from her past. A guy to be exact. I won't ruin the ending, but overall she learns the hard way to overcome her fears and let go of the past hurts. Little Mae Whitman is adorable in this movie. While both stars were excellent, the reason I gave the movie a five-star rating was because of how close the plot comes to reality. Watch it, I assure you it'll bring tears to your eyes and leave you wanting to watch it a second, or maybe even a third time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOPE FLOATS May 3, 2000
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I have, to date, bought seven copies of this video. I am giving them to various friends and family members in need of some comfort and "hope". This film deals with dilemmas which we each have or will, at some time, face in our lives. The situations will not necessarily be the same but have loss and betrayal in common with the occurrences in the film. Sandra Bullocks's portrayal of Birdee was impeccable. I especially liked the fact that she surrounded herself with "things" that she associated with the people that she had lost. She kept Bill's shirt that she had found before leaving the house. It, evidently, still had his scent on it. She slept in it at her mother's. She wore her father's jacket the day that she walked through the rain to the school. She carried his lunch pail as a purse. After her mother's death, she wroe the mother's dress for the funeral. These are things that I have found myself doing after a loss. It gave a "realness" to that character that she would not have had otherwise. I had seen Harry Connick Jr. in other things, but he was outstanding in this movie. I have, since, gone back to have a second look at his other performances. He is, very quickly, becoming one of my very favorite singers and actors! Both of the children in the film were darling. I enjoyed Mae Whitman's efforts at driving "Justin" away from her mother! The skunk story is classic. Gena Rowlands was outstanding as the mother. She was always there for her family/daughter altho' she did not always "say" or "do" the right thing. She tried to "do well" by them. Most of Texas is not like Smithville. I live in Texas, and most towns are somewhat more sophisticated than that. There is still, happily, a lot of the "Western" mystique about the place tho'. I think that this is a great movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What's to like
A predictable film that's barely worthy of the Lifetime Chanmel . Bullock and Connick just don't have talent and I don't know why they did this garbage movie .
Published 4 days ago by Z.M.Jamison
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
This was such a great movie. Fell in love with her character and her as an actor in this setting. Harry C. does an awesome job too! Totally reccomend this movie.
Published 7 days ago by Carol A Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
The on screen chemistry was good between these two leads. The daughter character was wonderful and very convincing. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance Movie
I love both of these actors, so it was no surprise to me that I would love this movie. Very well done
Published 9 days ago by Karel L Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie!!
Just love this movie. It was wonderfully acted and the movie is one I can see over and over again!
Published 10 days ago by Abigail Brashear
5.0 out of 5 stars Wife is Happy
What can one say it has Sandra Bullock in it. My wife loves it so this equals Happy Wife Happy Life
Published 17 days ago by RM
5.0 out of 5 stars great mother, daughter movie
Wonderful movie! Takes you through all the emotional challenges of life and love and the joys and tragedies of family.
Published 18 days ago by vanessa u
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!
I haven't seen this movie in years but watched it again and loved it even more! It is a movie that really touches the heart!
Published 19 days ago by Robin Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars The story was good, and the acting was good
The story was good, and the acting was good, too. It's an old-fashioned type movie without all the bad language of today.
Published 19 days ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick and Sandra Bullock
Perfect pair. Love this movie. Had an old VHS copy but wanted DVD. Such a true-to-life movie and I love it!
Published 25 days ago by Beverly M. Cleary
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