- 1 hr 32 min
Hope Springs is a 92 minute film produced in the U.K. and U.S. based on the novel New Cardiff by Charles Webb. The film stars Colin Firth as Colin Ware, a British artist who flees his home country when his relationship with fiancee Vera suddenly comes to an end. A romantic comedy written and directed by Mark Herman who won critical acclaim for his social realism British movies, such as Brassed Off and Purely Belter. Released in 2003 Hope Springs tells the story of a painter called Colin who flees his troubled life in the U.K. by boarding an airplane to the U.S. and eventually finding his way to the small town of Hope, Vermont. Upon checking into an inn in Hope the owner of the establishment, Joanie introduces Colin to her friend, Mandy. Heather Graham's Mandy is a nursing home nurse who tries to befriend Colin and help him sort out his problems; as the two begin to fall in love his former fiancee Vera, played by Minnie Driver appears in town in an attempt to win back Colin. Various cases of Mandy discovering Vera and Colin in compromising situations that put their relationship at risk. After realizing she has little chance of winning Colin back, Vera decides to give up on Colin and is welcomed into the community of Hope. Mandy turns her back on Colin and is told he has left town; eventually the pair meet up at a meeting arranged by the innkeeper, Joanie and Colin proposes to Mandy. Colin decides to carry Mandy back to town after she accepts his proposal and injures his back as they enter his room at the inn. The character Vera undergoes the biggest transformation in the movie as she progresses from scheming to get what she wants to being named the Queen of Hope at the small towns Fall Festival. The film received negative criticism from the media and was not a box office success despite the male star of the movie, Colin Firth being a television star because of his role as Mr. Darcy in the BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Distributed by Touchstone Pictures Hope Springs failed to make a profit at the box office.