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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 »

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(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:
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Young Winston / Sir Winston Churchill's Voice (voice)
Peter Cellier ...
Captain
Ronald Hines ...
Adjutant
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Sikh Soldier
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Russell Lewis ...
Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Everest
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Laurence Naismith ...
William Dexter ...
Basil Dignam ...
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Prep School Headmaster
John Stuart ...
Speaker Peel
Colin Blakely ...
Butcher
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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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Biography | Drama | War

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28 July 1972 (UK)  »

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El joven Winston  »

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| (Western Electric Sound System) (uncredited)

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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One of a number of biographical films directed by Sir Richard Attenborough with his other biopics including Chaplin (1992), Gandhi (1982), Grey Owl (1999), Shadowlands (1993) and In Love and War (1996). See more »

Goofs

In the depiction of the Battle of Omdurman, the film states the famous charge of the 21st Lancers, which included Winston Churchill, happened the next day "during mopping up operations". In fact the charge happened on the same day as the main battle. See more »

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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 »

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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Written by George Leybourne and Alfred Lee
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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Real life adventure
1 September 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a movie worth seeing not because it is a well made one but because Churchill's early life was full of adventures no less than Indiana Jones; and all real! Richard Attenborough has tried to cover them all. Starting from clash with Pathans followed by charge against Sudaneese fakirs and fight against Boers. However, flash back technique has been used. So the viewers are transported from adulthood to childhood and back. This rather diminishes the impact of various events on Churchill's life and gets confusing for the viewers unfamiliar with his life history beforehand. Attenborough's depiction of this remarkable life is often quite dull and any strength in this film is due to Churchill's own writings on which the script is based rather than any effort on the part of director and adaptor writer. The director has failed to elicit thrill and suspense from various scenarios when there were numerous opportunities. Story seems to end abruptly. It should have continued to a certain phase in his career e.g. till when he assumes his duties in admirality in twenties or perhaps when he assumes prime ministership. A touch of romance and some view of his married life would have given some diversification to this movie.

Music, cinematography, costumes and makeup are fine, as is the acting and these with Churchill's own writings save this movie from declining into a very monotonous presentation.


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