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The Finest Hours (1964)

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A biography of Winston Churchill, shown through re-creations and actual film footage and told by Orson Welles with voice-overs by the listed actors for the recreated scenes.

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A biography of Winston Churchill, shown through re-creations and actual film footage and told by Orson Welles with voice-overs by the listed actors for the recreated scenes. Written by John F. MacEachern <JohnFMAC@aol.com>

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29 September 1964 (Denmark)  »

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Fascinating, if simply too small for a figure so large
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Very interesting, if somewhat frustratingly limited documentary biography of Winston Churchill. It's not really the film's fault. It's well made and intelligent. It's just that Churchill lived such a full and fascinating life, that trying to jam it all into an under 2 hour film means that much has to be ignored or sped through.

So in most areas we get the reader's digest version. Only the war years get a little more detail. But we get almost nothing about Churchill the human being, the husband, the father.

Huge changes in his political career are handled with a few sentences and a couple of images.

Yet I was never bored, and still ended up knowing much more about both Churchill and Britain in the war years than when I started.


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