The Great Gilly Hopkins (film)

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Herek
Produced by David L. Paterson
John Paterson
William Teitler
Brian Kennedy
Written by David L. Paterson
Based on The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Paterson
Cinematography David M. Dunlap
Edited by David Leonard
Arcady Bay Entertainment
Distributed by Lionsgate Premiere
Release dates
  • October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) (Schlingel)
  • October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

The Great Gilly Hopkins is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and written by David L. Paterson. It is based on Katherine Paterson's 1978 children's book of the same name. The film stars Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs, and Billy Magnussen. The film was released on October 7, 2016, by Lionsgate Premiere.


Gilly Hopkins is the meanest girl in town: she has a birth mother she has never seen and has moved from one foster home to another. Learning that she will be sent to a new home, she wastes no time stirring up trouble. Then she meets a woman named Trotter, who wants to be the mother Gilly needs. With Gilly posing a challenge, Trotter must prove a good relationship will benefit both of them.



On February 8, 2013, it was announced that Stephen Herek would direct an adaption of The Great Gilly Hopkins, with Kathy Bates and Danny Glover set to star in the film.[5] On February 6, 2014, Sophie Nélisse, Glenn Close and Octavia Spencer joined the cast of the film.[2] On May 9, 2014, Julia Stiles and Bill Cobbs joined the cast of the film. Cobbs replaced Glover, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[3] Principal photography began on April 9, 2014, and ended on June 15, 2014.[6][7]


The film premiered on October 6, 2015, at the SCHLINGEL International Film Festival.[8] Lionsgate Premiere acquired distribution rights, and set the film for an October 7, 2016, release.[9]


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Leo Barraclough (2014-02-06). "Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse, Octavia Spencer Join 'The Great Gilly Hopkins'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  3. 1 2 3 Yamato, Jen. "Julia Stiles Joins Movie Adaptation 'The Great Gilly Hopkins'". Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  4. "Billy Magnussen and Julia Stiles Join "The Great Gilly Hopkins" Film". 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  5. Tartaglione, Nancy. "Berlin: Stephen Herek To Direct Kathy Bates, Danny Glover In 'The Great Gilly Hopkins'". Retrieved 2014-06-17.
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  7. "On The Set For 6/16/14: Boxing Drama Southpaw Starts, American Ultra Wraps". Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  8. "Filmarchiv". Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  9. Wiseman, Andreas (May 14, 2016). "Lionsgate adopts 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' for US". Screen Daily. Retrieved July 26, 2016.

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