Down 377 this week

The Gathering Storm (2002)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  27 April 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 3,717 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 13 critic

A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.



(story), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
a list of 48 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
a list of 46 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
a list of 23 titles
created 02 May 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 29 Oct 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Gathering Storm (TV Movie 2002)

The Gathering Storm (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Gathering Storm.

User Polls

Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Into the Storm (TV Movie 2009)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm, Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Clive Mantle, Adrian Scarborough
Warm Springs (TV Movie 2005)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer
Path to War (TV Movie 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the mid-1960s, President Johnson and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.

Director: John McKay
Stars: Rupert Graves, Tom Sturridge, Indira Varma
Conspiracy (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci
Unrelated (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman in an unhappy relationship takes refuge with a friend's family on holiday in Tuscany.

Director: Joanna Hogg
Stars: Kathryn Worth, Harry Kershaw, Emma Hiddleston
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.

Stars: Robert Hardy, Siân Phillips, Nigel Havers
Suburban Shootout (TV Series 2006)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Anna Chancellor, Felicity Montagu, Amelia Bullmore
Gettysburg (TV Movie 2011)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

Director: Adrian Moat
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anton Blake, Josh Artis
RFK (TV Movie 2002)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Following the death of his brother John, Robert Kennedy is forced to rise to the challenge of leading his country and carrying on his brother's vision of what America could be.

Director: Robert Dornhelm
Stars: Linus Roache, James Cromwell, David Paymer
Longford (TV Movie 2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Lee Boardman, Jim Broadbent, Tam Dean Burn
Victoria Cross Heroes (TV Series 2006)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A series introduced by HRH The Prince of Wales commemorating 150 years of the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest gallantry award.

Stars: Kenneth Cranham, Crispin Bonham-Carter, David Bark-Jones


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ava Wigram
Sir Robert Vansittart
Violet Pearman
Ivo Pettifer
Friedrich von Schroder
Mr. Wood
Marlborough (as Timothy Bentinck)


In the 1930s, Winston Churchill was out of government, sitting as a backbench MP. His was a lonely voice warning about German rearmament and the coming of a second major war on the Continent. He lost a great deal of money in the Wall Street crash and now writes - a biography of his ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, a newspaper column - and it's his only means of support. He has a close-knit group of supporter not the least of whom is his wife Clemmie, who he loves very dearly. As he continues to press his concerns about Hitler, he is cast as a warmonger and frequently shouted down in Parliament by members on both sides of the aisle. With reliable information from a Foreign Office civil servant who feels the government is not accurately reporting on rearmament, he provides accurate figures to Parliament and the tide begins to turn. With the onset of World War II in September 1939, Churchill returns to government as First Lord of Admiralty. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Germany was arming itself for war. But they didn't count on one man.


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

27 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lonely War  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Filmfest Hamburg)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent; and two Oscar nominees: Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson. See more »


The famous speech Churchill wants to revise (and later delivers in the House of Commons) in the beginning of the film ("To see Mr Gandhi, a seductive Mid-Temple Lawyer ... posing as a half-naked fakir in a manner quite well known in the East, striding up the steps of the Vice-Regal palace to parley on equal terms with the representative of the King Emperor") was actually delivered in 1930, whereas the film starts some years later. See more »


Winston Churchill: I'm the new First lord.
Military Guard: We know, sir.
Winston Churchill: How do you know?
Military Guard: A signal was sent to the fleet this afternoon, sir.
Winston Churchill: What signal?
Military Guard: Winston is back.
Winston Churchill: [chuckles] He bloody well is!
See more »


Followed by Into the Storm (2009) See more »


Everybody Dance
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Joe Loss & His Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Biographies Rarely Get This Good
3 October 2003 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Finney adds yet another stupendous role to his acting credits. He plays Churchill warts and all, wisdom and all. Vanessa Redgrave is stunning as Mrs. Churchill. Finney and Redgrave, between the two, portray an interesting, intimate and wholly plausible complexity of their marriage and homelife. This, adding a major league cast of the Best of Britain, Jim Broadbent, Tom Wilkerson, Linus Roache, Derek Jacobi and on and on. If Nigel Hawthorne (God Rest him) was still among us, he would have been here. Richard Loncraine, the director, keeps the pace moving without compromising the performances. Finney deserves a special mention for his attempt to sound like WSC, without resorting to parody. A fine film, worthy of roses all around. A sumptuous screenplay that even Labour could support. Highly recommended.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Another Churchill film? jonw999
Marlboro/Churchill Scene ColonelTigh
Finney was Churchill T850
accuracy funisfun26
Excellent movie! seldd
English Poetry do007e4559
Discuss The Gathering Storm (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: