High Hopes Solarmovie

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.

High Hopes Solarmovie
Solarmovie Score: 7.6/10 from 39 votes
Release Date: 1988-09-24
Status: Released
Run time: 108 min / 1:48
Production Studio : British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films
Production Country: United Kingdom


Phil Davis
as Cyril Bender
Ruth Sheen
as Shirley
Edna Doré
as Mrs. Bender
Philip Jackson
as Martin Burke
Heather Tobias
as Valerie
Lesley Manville
as Laetitia Boothe-Brain
David Bamber
as Rupert Boothe-Braine
Jason Watkins
as Wayne
Judith Scott
as Suzi
Cheryl Prime
as Martin's girlfriend
Diane-Louise Jordan
as Chemist Shop Assistant
Linda Beckett
as Receptionist


Crew Roger Pratt Cinematography
Costume & Make-Up Lindy Hemming Costume Design
Editing Jon Gregory Editor
Production Simon Channing Williams Producer
Directing Mike Leigh Director
Writing Mike Leigh Writer
Sound Andrew Dickson Music
Production Victor Glynn Producer
Costume & Make-Up Morag Ross Makeup Artist
Art Diana Charnley Production Design