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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

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12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

David Paterson (screenplay by), Katherine Paterson (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Nélisse ... Gilly Hopkins
Kathy Bates ... Maime Trotter
Glenn Close ... Nonnie
Octavia Spencer ... Ms. Harris
Julia Stiles ... Courtney
Bill Cobbs ... Mr. Randolph
Billy Magnussen ... Ellis
Zachary Hernandez ... W.E.
Clare Foley ... Agnes
Sammy Pignalosa ... Rajeem
Toby Turner ... Ticket Agent
Richard Topol ... Principal Evans (as Richard Topal)
Cara Cooper Cara Cooper ... Woman with Book
Salvatore Rossi Salvatore Rossi ... Stevie
Cameron Clifford Cameron Clifford ... Ed
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A feisty foster kid's outrageous scheme to be reunited with her birth mother has unintended consequences in The Great Gilly Hopkins, an entertaining film for the entire family. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Maime Trotter's (Kathy Bates) endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly's face it threatens to ruin the only chance she's ever had to be part of a real family. Based on the award-winning young-adult novel by Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), The Great Gilly Hopkins stars Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Billy Magnussen, with Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Finding where you belong isn't always easy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fabulosa Gilly Hopkins See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Glover was originally cast to the role of Mr. Randolph but replaced due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

This movie is set in Maryland during the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays, yet all of the trees and lawns are in full summer splendor. See more »

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Features Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Performed By Armin van Buuren
Written by D'Mile, Lauren K Evans, 'Marrinus B Benno De Goeij',Victoria Jane Horn, Armin van Buuren JJD
Published by BMG Rights Management, Downtown Music Publishing, Fintage Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music
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True to the novel
11 February 2017 | by jfgibson73See all my reviews

The Great Gilly Hopkins is a beautiful, touching film that should have gotten more attention. Although a wonderful family film, I would guess it will get seen most in middle school classrooms doing a study on the book, which it follows very closely. It's not without some rough edges- -there is some language and behavior that may not be to every parent's liking, but I appreciated that it made an effort to show how a real person might react in her situation. I will say the book told this story more effectively--several scenes had more impact as written, and I felt a much greater sense of urgency in the final scene of the book than I did watching the film. Even so, I think that it's a story that will hook viewers in and keep them invested right to the end. Without being manipulative or delving into false sentiment, The Great Gilly Hopkins made me care about its characters and had me choked up more than once before it was through.


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