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Hope Springs (2003)

Colin Firth , Minnie Driver , Mark Herman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Mary Steenburgen, Heather Graham, Frank Collison
  • Directors: Mark Herman
  • Writers: Mark Herman, Charles Webb
  • Producers: Barnaby Thompson, Grace Gilroy, Uri Fruchtmann
  • Format: Color, Surround Sound, Dolby, Widescreen, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015YVI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hope Springs" on IMDb

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"Hope Springs" is the charming romantic comedy starring Colin Firth ("Love Actually"), Heather Graham ("Anger Management") and Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver ("Return to Me"). When artist Colin Ware (Firth) discovers the love of his life and fiancée Vera (Driver), a sexy, sophisticated vixen, is marrying another man, he flees to America and the sleepy New England village of Hope to bury himself in his art and soothe his tortured psyche. Soon he finds more than a shoulder to cry on when he meets Mandy (Graham) a beautiful free spirit who captures his heart--until Vera suddenly shows up with the surprise of Colin's life. "Hope Springs" is a delightful and engaging comedy about finding happiness when you least expect it.

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102 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear God, it isn't that bad............. July 30, 2006
Format:DVD
I guess I am just not as discerning, not as sophisticated, maybe just not as bright, or with it, or movie savvy as so many of the others who have taken the time to share their opinion of this movie. They would lead you to believe that your brain might turn to mush, that you may find yourself sitting in a corner drooling, perhaps beating yourself around the head for wasting the time and or money to pick up and watch this film.

Well I'm thankful that I am not like them, because I rather enjoyed it. I have yet to see a movie that is as bad as they make it out to be. Granted, "Hope Springs" is no "Citizen Kane", but then again it is no "Crimewave" (a 1985 movie that I think is the worst movie ever made). If you go into a romantic comedy expecting what most romantic comedies are, a pleasant diversion, then 99 times out of 100 you get what you expect. If you go in expecting high art, then you are bound for disappointment. Most the haters said they expected more out of Colin Firth and Minnie Driver. Many actors have made films that they are ashamed to include on their resumes, but I doubt that this is one of them. I personally would rather watch a movie like this than your run of the mill Tom Cruise $300M blockbuster that makes $100M on the 1st run (Colin Firth is an ACTOR, Tom Cruise is a movie star). Maybe they would have liked it more if some lesser actors were in it, but then they only watched it because of Driver and Firth, so they probably would not have watched it in the first place, and we then would not be having this conversation. I better wrap this up, I'm starting to confuse even myself.

Bottom line, I judge a movie on how I feel when it is over, when this was over I felt that I had spent an enjoyable 90 or so minutes and was glad I had taken the time to watch. Don't let the sophisticates scare you off, it was fun.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasent Movie! June 1, 2004
Format:DVD
Okay, first off this movie is not going to scream oscar winner but it's still a fun quirky movie with likeable characters. Yes, I'm a huge Colin Firth fan and no that's not why I'm not jumping on the bandwagon of bad reviews. Yes, the movie is a romantic comedy but I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's predictable. Perhaps because I've not read the book that this movie was based on I did not come in with any kind of expectations. Who knows. I do recommend this movie as a nice way to spend a few hours.
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ROMANCE January 8, 2004
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In Brief
When British artist Colin Ware (Firth), discovers that his fiancée Vera (Driver), the love of his life, is going to marry another man he gets on a plane for America and ends up in a tiny town called Hope. Distraught, he soon finds more than a shoulder to cry on when his innkeepers introduce him to Mandy (Graham) a beautiful nurse. But no sooner has Colin forgotten about his old flame than Vera shows up.
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Romantic Comedies usually have that mix of candy floss content that makes you think you can eat a whole one, as how hard can it be to eat sugar whipped in air? Yet when you attempt it you realise that while there really isn't anything to it, you cant finish as its sickly sweet and forcing yourself to throw it away you are left feeling very unsatisfied. Now while that analogy may make you cringe you'll be thankful to know that Hope Springs certainly won't. Indeed this is one of those rare hybrid films that feature an Anglo-American crossover romance and succeeds in mixing sass and irony very well so that both sides of the Atlantic may appreciate its story.
Following in the footsteps of Notting Hill and Four Weddings this slice of American apple pie sets the story in the ideally named small town of Hope, where a typically English gent (Firth) has escaped his long-term fiancée to find himself anew. Mandy (Graham) is the tonic everyman desires, and while its beginning to become a familiar story of estranged love finds new passion, both play their roles with a freshness that really lights up the screen.
Steenburgen and Collison are perfect as the comedy cupids that help steer true love on its path. While the local residents of the small town all have a part to play in both hindering and helping the pairing of Mandy & Colin.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HOPE DOESN'T QUITE SPRING..... April 24, 2004
Format:DVD
I am an unapologetic Colin fan (much to my husband's chagrin) but even I feel the need to apologize for this one. If you cannot wait for Love Actually or Girl w/a Pearl Earring(the DVD is gonna be cooler than the movie with the 'lost' scenes from the book that a lot of us "firth-ites" were looking for! but I digress!) you would be much better served by purchasing some of the lesser-known films of Firth! Go get Fever Pitch (order from amazon.canada to get the more tastefull cover) or A Month in the Country w/Ken Brannaugh (bonus!) or if you are intrepid, obtain an Hour of the Pig/Advocate (both titles are the same movie. Even the absurd fantastical Mike Binder film Londinium/Fourplay is better.
The problem is the book is quirky and a great deal of changes were made from book to screenplay. Things get muddled and the principle explanation for why he chose America is lost. Plus, to make the town in to Hope they lost the New Cardiff-old Cardiff Vera connection that explains out a lot more of the ridiculous points.
Let's all hope that Richard Curtis does a better translation of BJ2 Edge of Reason...since missing from BJD was the whole rescue/Pride & Prejudice parallel with Darcy saving the family from disgrace. It would have been awesome! (Colin quite literally going around the world for you ending up with a chase where he's all unkempt and dishevelled....mmm) Anyways...
I own this disc and have watched more than once. It really is very fluffy and silly. But since my collection also incudes Master of the Moor and Apartment Zero, I'm going for the complete over quality thing. Bottom line is Colin is always awesome even when paired with Heather Graham.
To sum up: spend no money here...
Instead: BJD, Fever Pitch(highly recommend!), P&P (of course!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun after all this time.
This is actually a good romantic comedy that never gets old, and is very well acted, written and directed!
Published 10 days ago by Kenya
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie but this one cd di not have the ...
good movie but this one cd di not have the closed captioning and being hard of hearing i could not get most of the diallogue
Published 17 days ago by Albert Ceballos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 month ago by Himbertoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny funny funny
Funny funny funny! Love Colin Firth and so many of the side characters are outstanding. A little risque in many parts depending on what you're used to - the majority of the world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd Ludlow
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible. Waste of time
Published 1 month ago by Janie
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Eh....I watched it for Colin Firth. It was okay.
Published 2 months ago by MomTeacher
1.0 out of 5 stars Hokey love story
I thought this was the other Hope Springs movie. Be careful to look closely at what you are ordering as this one was a big waste of time unless you like boring and hokey.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Razon
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun movie
This is a non-deep movie but is cute and funny if you like romance comedy films. I particularly enjoyed Colin Firth's faces and performance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yenny
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Collin Firth's Best Movie
Not impressed with the partial nudity in the film, or the story line. I was disappointed. Acting was fine, but it just is not my kind of movie. Not a movie for kids!
Published 3 months ago by shyatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Colin Firth with a southern accent?
It's ok and I totally get the intent of the story line. But I am so not used to Colin Firth with a southern accent. Maybe I'll have see it a few more times to get that one.
Published 4 months ago by SeaHawk
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