Hope and Glory – German Jam and Shrapnel!


My FAVOURITE Home Front WWII movie of all time, is without a moments doubt, Hope and Glory.

A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Billy as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school.

For me the movie was both wonderfully happy and terribly sad- my guess is this is what life would have been like for those living through the blitz.. it was their reality.

My heart soared and my smile broadened seeing the wonderment of the stranded blimp and then crumpled at the heart wrenching moment when Grace decides to send her children away to the country to ensure their safety- the swings of emotion at the train station affected me profoundly. God how awful those moments must have been..

One of my favourite fun scenes is the German Jam scene (see the beginning of the video above)..

Sarah Miles gave a truly wonderful performance…

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5 thoughts on “Hope and Glory – German Jam and Shrapnel!

  1. l love that film too. The truly memorable moment though, was because it was so well thought of and done. lt was the one where the family came back from somewhere to find the house across the road ablaze. Of course, they thought it had been bombed-no, it was a straightforward housefire! A wonderful way of showing that life did, indeed go on. Amazing….

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    • Yes there are some very poignant moments in that movie- it is a wonderful insight into family life…..

      I think the hardest scene for me were the train station scene but also the subtle forbidden relationship growing between Grace and Mac- people just needing someone to comfort them in uncertain times..

      C xxxx

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  2. I bought this in a $5 bin at a dvd shop a few months ago, taking a chance on it as I had never heard of it, but it looked like something I would enjoy and yes, it is a wonderful movie. I’m glad I paid $5 for it….I would have put $20 down for it if I new I would enjoy it so much.

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