The Great Gilly Hopkins

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Stephen Herek
Production: Lionsgate Premiere
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Smile, huh?

I'm serious.

You got to make this work.

This is it. Last chance.

Lighten up, e.

I'm sure this will work out.

You're not getting it.

You burn out here

and you'll be put in the

Murray hill teen facility.

I don't want that, and I'm sure

you don't want that.

Good morning, miss trotter.

Well, I thought I heard you

all pull up.

Welcome to Thompson park,

Gilly, honey.

Well, excuse me.

You want to meet

your new sister, don't you?

Gilly, this is William Ernest t.

We called him W.E.


Y'all come on in.

Turn loose my leg, honey,

so I can maneuver.

Come on in, you all.

Is that a moustache

on your face, Mr. Ellis?


I almost didn't recognize you.

You know, my Melvin had one.

I made him shave it off.

Yeah, this will all be on file.

Mr. Ellis, I've been

doing this so long

I practically got it memorized.

Do you have cats?

What, honey?


No, sweetie.

Smells like you do.


William Ernest, do you want

to go upstairs

and show Gilly her room?

Well, we'll do that later.

Well, we've been meaning

to rearrange the dust

around here,

haven't we, William Ernest?

Social services will send

Gilly's medical information

to the school.

Gilly has no allergies...

To cats or dust, thankfully.

Yes, Gilly

is very self-sufficient,

very... very independent.

William Ernest, you all right?

You know how to reach me?

Of course I do.

Yeah, this is my cell number

right there.

Everything's going to be

just fine.

Okay, yes, yes.

Gilly, uh...

I'll see you.

Be good, please.

Don't you worry none,

Mr. Ellis.

I think Gilly

and William Ernest and me

is nearly friends already.

My Melvin, god rest him,

used to say I never met a child

I couldn't make friends with.

Oh, I believe that.


You need anything, you just give

old trotter a holler.

The TV's downstairs.

You're welcome to come on down

to watch.

This is your home too now.

It's going to be okay, honey.

I know it must have been hard

switching all around.

I like moving.

It's boring to stay

in one place.

This way I get to see more

of the world.

Well, welcome

to our little corner of it.

Now, you make yourself

at home, you hear?

I'm making, okay?

Mom, if you only knew

where they've put me.

If you only knew.

William Ernest

is in the living room

watching telly's trolley.

You're welcome to join him

if you like.

Why in the world would I ever

watch a retard show like that?

Listen here, miss Gilly Hopkins.

One thing we better get straight

right here tonight.

I won't have you making fun

of that boy.

Just because somebody

ain't quite as smart as you

don't give you no right

to look down on him.

Who am I looking down on?

You just said. You just said

William Ernest is retarded.

I did not.

I don't even know the kid.

I've never seen him

before today.

I just don't want to watch

a stupid kid's show.

He's had a rough time

in this world,

but he's with trotter now.

And as long as

the lord keeps him

in this house and sees fit

that I take care of him,

ain't nobody on this earth

going to hurt him again.

Nobody, in any way.

God, all I was trying to...

One more thing.

In this house, we don't take

the lord's name in vain.

All right, all right, already.

Forget it.

Supper's almost ready.

Why don't you go get

Mr. Randolph.


He eats with us at night.

I was going to send

William Ernest to fetch him,

but I think you'd be

a nice surprise.

William Ernest, is that you?

No, it's me.

Oh. You must be the new girl.


My name's

Mr. Reginald Randolph,

and it's a pleasure

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David Paterson

David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of New York, succeeding Eliot Spitzer and serving out the final three years of Spitzer's term from March 2008 to the end of 2010. He is the first African American to hold that position and the second legally blind U.S. Governor of any state after Bob C. Riley, who was Acting Governor of Arkansas for 11 days in January 1975. Since leaving office, Paterson has been a radio talk show host on station WOR in New York City, and was in 2014 appointed chairman of the New York Democratic Party by his successor as governor, Andrew Cuomo.After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Paterson worked in the district attorney's office of Queens County, New York, and on the staff of Manhattan borough president David Dinkins. In 1985, he was elected to the New York state senate to a seat that was once held by his father, former New York secretary of state Basil Paterson. In 2003, he rose to the position of Senate minority leader. Paterson was selected as running mate by then-New York attorney general and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Eliot Spitzer in the 2006 New York gubernatorial election. Spitzer and Paterson were elected in November 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, and Paterson took office as lieutenant governor on January 1, 2007.When Spitzer resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as Governor of New York on March 17, 2008. Paterson launched a brief campaign for a full term as Governor in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but announced on February 26, 2010 that he would not be a candidate in the Democratic primary. more…

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