Hope Floats

May 29th, 1998


Hope Floats

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Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.4/10 (10,845 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Forest Whitaker

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands

Birdee Calvert-Pruitt is back in her hometown of Smithville, Texas, after discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. The entire town knows what happened to flawless beauty Birdee since Connie let her know about the affair on a national talk show. Back in town, she's dealing with catty old friends and acquaintances from high school who can't help rubbing it in her face that she isn't as perfect as she thought while still trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Bernice. Deeply depressed, she runs into an old friend, Justin Matisse, who tries to help her through, but is still in love with her. Birdee must make a new life for her and her daughter, but will Justin be able to be part of it?

Sandra Bullock - Birdee Pruitt
Harry Connick Jr. - Justin Matisse
Gena Rowlands - Ramona Calvert
Mae Whitman - Bernice Pruitt
Michael Paré - Bill Pruitt
Cameron Finley - Travis
Kathy Najimy - Toni Post
Bill Cobbs - Nurse
Connie Ray - Bobbi-Claire
Mona Lee Fultz - Teacher
Sydney Berry - Orange Julia
Rachel Snow - Big Dolores (as Rachel Lena Snow)
Christina Stojanovich - Kristen
Alissa Alban - Debbie Reissen (as Allisa Alban)
Dee Hennigan - Dot

Taglines: When life fell apart, love fell into place.

Release Date: 29 May 1998

Filming Locations: 201 E. Eighth St. Smithville, Texas USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $14,210,464 (USA) (31 May 1998) (2367 Screens)

Gross: $60,033,780 (USA) (11 October 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The first film made under Sandra Bullock's own production company, Fortis Films.

Continuity: When Birdie and Justin are at the dance, the band takes a break and Birdie and Justin begin to dance by the juke box, but you can see the band performing on the stage in the background.

Justin Matisse: You look terrible! You been drinking?
Birdee Pruitt: Why does everybody keep asking me if I've been drinking? What? Is there like a coaster stuck to my... butt or something?

User Review

I love this movie and think some of the comments are spiteful.


This is one of my all-time favorite movies. To those who are calling it boring, full of drivel, etc., you are entitled to your opinion, but please quit stating it as fact. Anyone who has been through an ugly, painful divorce, been dumped by someone they adored and trusted, or even just grew up in a smalltown can surely appreciate the feelings invoked by this movie. The characters, I felt, were much deeper than some of the other users noticed. Sandra Bullock's character had subjugated her life to her husband and daughter and then has to rebuild her identity and self-esteem when her husband leaves. As for the daughter being too smart-alecky, yes, in places she was. As for her speaking like a 40-year old, yes she did. However, I taught school for over thirty years and can guarantee that there are many eight-year-olds out there who talk this way. Also, the child was hurting and I can tell you from experience that when a child suffers as a result of divorce they will many times turn on the one person whom they know will never pull their love out from under them.

It's a movie that I felt had much more depth than many of these reviewers noted. I cannot understand the negativity in some of your reviews. It was a movie that made me feel good. I watched it so much that I wrote out the tape and am now working on the DVD.

There should be more movies like this one, in my opinion.


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