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

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Young Winston / Sir Winston Churchill's Voice (voice)
Peter Cellier ...
Captain
Ronald Hines ...
Adjutant
Dino Shafeek ...
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 British politician Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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26 October 1972 (Sweden)  »

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El joven Winston  »

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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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). 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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Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) See more »

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Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Captain D. Taylor
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It's a good adaptation about Churchill's autobiography during his childhood and youth
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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 with 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 . Participated in the last charge of Brit brigade on 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 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 and Robert Shaw are magnificent . The sensitive and romantic music score is composed by Alfred Ralston. The motion picture is well directed by Richard Attemborough .


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