High Hopes (1988)

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all.

Directing:
  • Mike Leigh

Writing:
  • Mike Leigh

Stars:
Release Date: 1988-09-24
themoviedb icon 7.7/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 108
  • Revenue: $1,192,322

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David Bamber
David Bamber
Rupert Boothe-Braine
Phil Davis
Phil Davis
Cyril Bender
Ruth Sheen
Ruth Sheen
Shirley
Edna Doré
Edna Doré
Mrs. Bender
Philip Jackson
Philip Jackso...
Martin Burke
Lesley Manville
Lesley Manvil...
Laetitia Boothe-Brain
Jason Watkins
Jason Watkins
Wayne
Linda Beckett
Linda Beckett
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