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Young Winston (1972)

This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood, his time as a war correspondent in South ... See full summary »


(based upon "My Early Life: A Roving Commission") (as The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill K.G. O.M. C.H. M.P.), (written for the screen by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Winston / Sir Winston Churchill's Voice (voice)
Peter Cellier ...
Ronald Hines ...
Sikh Soldier
Russell Lewis ...
Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Everest
William Dexter ...
Basil Dignam ...
Prep School Headmaster
John Stuart ...
Speaker Peel


This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood, his time as a war correspondent in South Africa during the Second Boer War and culminating in his first election to Parliament. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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Release Date:

28 July 1972 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El joven Winston  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Sound System) (uncredited)


(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1973 but failed to win any of them. See more »


As the 'last ever cavalry charge' reached the enemy lines, a white flare, used as a signal for the hordes of extras, can be seen dropping from the sky. See more »


Winston Churchill: I'm free! I'm Winston Bloody Churchill, and I'm free!
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »


Forty Years On
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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It's a good adaptation about Churchill's autobiography during his childhood and youth
22 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture is based on Winston Churchill's autobiographic book titled : ¨My early life : a roving commission¨ . The movie talks about infancy , the school times in a strict discipline , the young military and journalist career and the election as parliamentary at the early age twenty six years old . He intervened against the rebels in India , at defense of the British Empire . Winston participated in the last charge of Brit brigade in Sudan war along with general Kitchener (John Mills) in command the Army against Derviches that had formerly vanquished general Gordon (1884 , Khartoum, events narrated in the film with the same title with Charlton Heston). Later on , he was to South Africa as journalist in English-Boer war (1899-1902 , the leaders were Rhodes-Kruger respectively) that Kitchener would finish (though there he would create the first concentration camp) . Churchill is imprisoned but he breaks out from Pretoria . After the spectacular getaway which obtained world fame he was elected as Parliament member where he speaks an overlong speech that makes it a little bit boring . He subsequently becomes Tory (or Conservative) Party leader confronting Prime Minister Salisbury (Laurence Naismith) and later on , facing LLoyd George (Anthony Hopkins) , Liberal Party leader .

The film won several Oscar nominations or Academy Awards , to original screenplay (Carl Foreman), Production design (Geoffrey Drake) and Costume (Anthony Mendleson) but achieve none . Simon Ward is enormous and Anne Bancroft , Robert Shaw and Anthony Hopkins are magnificent . This was the first of five films that Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins worked together on . They later worked together on Magic (1978), A bridge too far (1977), Chaplin (1992), and Shadowlands (1993). Very good support cast , actors Ian Holm, John Mills, Jack Hawkins , Patrick Magee, Anthony Hopkins and Edward Woodward all received 'special appearance' credits and debut theatrical feature film of actor Nigel Hawthorne . The sensitive and romantic music score was masterfully composed by Alfred Ralston . The motion picture was well directed by Richard Attemborough .

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