More About Hope Floats
Birdee (Sandra Bullock) is an unassuming housewife whose life is disrupted when her husband (Michael Pare) reveals his infidelity to her on a Jerry Springer-style talk show. She goes home to her mother and the small town in which she grew up--where, of course, everyone knows about her televised marital collapse. Things only get worse as a family tragedy brings her ex-husband back for an official divorce. Meanwhile an old friend, Justin (Harry Connick Jr.), has entered her life, sparking a romance. While Justin's intentions are good, Birdee struggles with the decision to let him fully into her life. This 1998 sleeper was a pet project of leading actress Bullock and became a surprise hit, touching the hearts of its viewers.
Main Cast & Crew
Forest Whitaker - Director
Harry Connick Jr.
"...A clutch of gemlike performances....[Whitaker] directs with sensitive, artful touches...and Caleb Deschanel's camerawork is pure poetry..." - 05/29/1998 USA Today, p.4E
"...Ms. Bullock makes Birdee very sympathetic and gives her a becoming humility..." - 05/29/1998 New York Times, p.E12
"...Painfully honest moments....Bullock stretches her acting muscles..." - 05/01/1998 Premiere, p.24
"...The formidable actor Forest Whitaker sensitively directs a sterling cast....HOPE FLOATS gives good value, starting with Bullock's and Rowland's knockout performances..." - 05/29/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C1