High Hopes

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Original title High Hopes
Category Comedy, Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 1988
Production Country
Directors Mike Leigh
Cast Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Philip Jackson, Lesley Manville, David Bamber, Jason Watkins, Linda Beckett, Edna Doré, Heather Tobias, Judith Scott, Diane-Louise Jordan, Cheryl Prime


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 neighbours, 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 neighbours 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.