In this charming romantic
comedy, British artist Colin Ware (COLIN FIRTH) discovers that his fiancée,
Vera (MINNIE DRIVER), the love of his life, is going to marry another man.
Distraught and despondent, he gets on a plane for America and ends up in
the tiny town of Hope in New England. At first, Colin is depressed, but
he soon finds more than a shoulder to cry on when his innkeepers introduce
him to Mandy (HEATHER GRAHAM), a beautiful nurse. All's going well and
Colin has almost forgotten his old flame… until Vera suddenly shows up
with a surprise of her own. "Hope Springs" is about finding happiness where
you least expect it.
Premise: This "fish
out of water" romantic comedy, set in New Cardiff, Vermont, tells the story
of a British artist, Colin (Firth), recuperating from being recently dumped
by his fiancee (Driver) (who sent him an invite to her wedding to someone
else), doing sketches of the locals. His plight catches the attention of
the woman (Steenburgen) who runs the rundown hotel he's staying in, who
introduces him to a local girl (Graham), with whom he soon finds the sparks
of romance, but his fiancee soon comes back looking to reunite... (it seems
the invite was a joke)
The movie was filmed
in British Columbia, and promises to have some lush cinematography along
with the potential for some very fine performances. Here's hoping the quality
is there and we see Disney give it a nice push come awards time. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
(for sexual content and language)
Fragile Films (Valiant, The Importance of Being Earnest, High Heels and
Low Lifes), Buena Vista Int'l (financing)
Release Date Note:
(1/16/03) Disney's original target release was sometime in the fall of
2002. (3/7/03) There had been unconfirmed reports that Touchstone might
be releasing this on April 4th, but it appears they're looking for a date
later in the year (or maybe even in 2004) after the U.K. opening.
Other credits for
Mark Herman director and screenwriter of Brassed Off, Little Voice, Purely
Belter, Blame it on the Bellboy.
started on October 15th, 2001 in Vancouver, British Columbia, subbing for
the (fictional) small Vermont town of the title. (2/6/02) Filming wrapped
up in mid-January, 2002.
Fort Langley Community
Hall, Fort Langley, Langley Township, British Columbia, Canada
Colin Firth worked
with Minnie Driver once before, in the film Circle of Friends and in the
stage play Chatsky
An incredibly attractive
and undeniably talented British actor who has kept to the periphery of
American film productions, Colin Firth most recently captured the attention
of the movie-going public as the swoon-worthy Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones'
Diary. An actor who almost seems to specialize in literary adaptations,
he has also appeared in the 1997 adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel Fever
Pitch, the Academy Award®-winning film translation of Michael Ondaajte's
The English Patient, and Oscar Wilde's popular play The Importance of Being
Earnest. Possibly his most famous performance, though, is his BAFTA-nominated
turn as Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice, based on Jane
Austen's wonderful novel first published in 1813.
It seems only logical,
then, that Firth's next role would be in another book-to-film adaptation,
this one based on Charles Richard Webb's first novel in over two decades.
Most famous for writing The Graduate, the author's recently published New
Cardiff was adapted for the screen by director/writer Mark Herman (Little
Voice), and recommended to Firth by his friend - you guessed it - Nick
Hornby, who wrote High Fidelity and About a Boy, in addition to the aforementioned
Scenes/What to Watch out for
lovely, but . . .
RPP "rating system"
film in general
in the films of Colin Firth
& rewind factor
Reviews and interviews
noted, info from HS presskit.
Photos from The
Times-on-Line, the HS presskit
For its theatrical
release, the movie will be renamed Hope Springs, and is a romantic comedy
about a British artist named Colin (yes, Colin) whose fiancée (Minnie
Driver) dumps him by sending him an invitation to her upcoming wedding…to
someone else. Broken-hearted and despondent, he boards a plane for the
United States and winds up in a tiny New England town called Hope. Though
he is depressed, Colin soon finds an attractive shoulder to cry on when
the innkeeper (Mary Steenburgen) introduces him to Mandy, a local nurse
(Heather Graham). As he begins to find happiness again, his scheming ex-girlfriend
shows up with reconciliation on her mind and a surprising story to tell.