The Gathering Storm (2002)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  27 April 2002 (USA)
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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.



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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

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


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Release Date:

27 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lonely War  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poem that Churchill recites, beginning "Who is charge of the clattering train?", is "Death and his brother sleep" by Edward James Milliken. See more »


During the 'Battle of Blenheim' scene, the Union Jack is shown as one of the colors of the English army. The Union Jack was only used as a battle-standard after the Act Of Union in 1707, three years after the Battle of Blenheim. See more »


Winston Churchill: I've lived too long, I'm in the ruck, I've drunk too deeply of the cup, I cannot spend, I cannot fuck, I'm down and out! I'm buggered up!
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Featured in The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
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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.

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