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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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Credited cast:
Lord Randolph (voice)
Faith Brook ...
Lady Randolph (voice)
David Healy ...
Newsreel Commentator
Narrator (voice)
George Westbury ...
Patrick Wymark ...
Churchill (voice)


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 <>

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29 September 1964 (Denmark)  »

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De ædleste timer (Churchill-filmen)  »

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Fascinating, if simply too small for a figure so large
2 December 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

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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