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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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(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 »

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Just as 'the last ever cavalry charge' is starting, there's a 'cavalry-mans view' towards the enemy lines. The wheel marks of the vehicle carrying the camera are visible, presumably from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: I'm free! I'm Winston Bloody Churchill, and I'm free!
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Featured in The Complete Churchill: Renegade and Turncoat (1992) See more »

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Wiener Blut
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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A Film well remembered
5 February 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Like most reviewers here - I saw the film originally on the big screen back in 1972. As an eager young historian then - I recall how much this film helped bring to life Winston Churchill and political and social life of Great Britain in the decades before the First World War. Simon Ward was brilliant as the young Winston but Robert Shaw's tortured performance as Lord Randolph Churchill stand out - especially the scene where he is addressing the House of Commons when clearly his mind was fast gowing. Anthony Hopkins does have a small - but crucial role in the film as Liberal M.P David Lloyd George. It was his friendship with Churchill and the then political issue of tariffs v Free trade that led to Churchill leaving the Conservatives and becoming a Liberal for the next 20 years. I do also recall the final 'ghost' scene - so i will be interested to see what the new DVD will do about that as a missing scene from the earlier video release.


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