HIGH HOPES

HIGH HOPES

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A slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London during the Thatcher years. 'High Hopes' follows left-wing bike messenger Cyril Bender (Philip Davis), his girlfriend Shirley (Ruth Sheen) and Cyril's conservative mother (Edna Dore), who lives in the last council house on her street next to the ghastly Boothe-Braines (Lesley Manville and David Bamber). Cyril's pretentious sister Valerie and her philandering husband Martin join the family to throw a surprise 70th birthday party for Mrs. Bender but, despite their best intentions, the event descends into disaster. ★★★★ "This story of the social gulf between rich and poor still holds water" - William Thomas, Empire
15
112 minutes
1988
Comedy, Drama
United Kingdom
English
None
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