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The Prime Minister (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 May 1941 (UK)
A biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and confidante of Queen Victoria.

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A biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and confidante of Queen Victoria.

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was John Gielgud's last film until Julius Caesar (1953) 12 years later. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the news of the Russian invasion reaches the House of Commons, the members pass the news down the rows, one by one. However, several of the members start sharing the news before they could possibly have heard it from anyone next to them. The scene looks good, but doesn't hold up to scrutiny. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin 'Dizzy' Disraeli, aka Lord Beaconsfield- Disraeli: In an autocracy, the leader is the people. Europe is at the mercy of the most ruthless band of autocrats the world has yet seen. I know these dictators, these men of blood and iron, they have one weakness; they are always in a hurry. Their god is power, and its kingdom is on this Earth. They are men without humility and without hearts. The virtues we hold dear they call weaknesses, and what we love they despise. They hold themselves a race apart, divinely ordained to rule the world to the ...
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Soundtracks

God Save the Queen!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by people outside the palace at the end
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A reasoned view
5 March 2004 | by (Grays, Essex, UK) – See all my reviews

Ok, so the acting was rather theatrical and the message rather patriotic. But, like Henry VI, it was a propaganda war film to stir the spirit of the English people in the height of the second world war. It didn't have the writing credits of Shakespeare but this must also be taken into consideration. To critise a film written for the sole purpose of bolstering the battered and bombed people of the British Isles in WWII and comparing it with what we are used to now as historical films (although Braveheart, The Patriot and U571 may be more deserving of criticism than The Prime Minister) is being blindsighted.

This film should be considered for what it's purpose is and what film has ever portrayed any historical figure in his or her real light. We have documentaries for that.

Just watch the film for what it is.


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