Hope Springs (film) British artist Colin Ware discovers that his fiance, Vera, the love of his life, is going to marry another man. Distraught and despondent, he gets on a plane for America and ends up in the tiny town of Hope in New England. At first, Colin is depressed, but he soon finds more than a shoulder to cry on when his innkeepers introduce him to Mandy, a beautiful nurse. All’s going well and Colin has almost forgotten his old flame until Vera suddenly shows up with a surprise of her own. A Touchstone Picture. Directed by Mark Herman. Original release in England, May 9, 2003. Test screened in certain Florida cities on September 5, 2003, before a direct-to-video release on April 6, 2004. Stars Colin Firth (Colin Ware), Heather Graham (Mandy), Minnie Driver (Vera), Oliver Platt (Doug Reed), Mary Steenbergen (Joanie Fisher). 92 min. Filmed in Cinemascope. Based on the novel, New Cardiff, by Charles Webb; working title of the film was New Cardiff. Filmed in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Released on video in 2004.