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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
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Now that I'm in charge of the Navy, Mr. Hitler and his Nazi thugs had better look out. We're going to teach them a lesson that they'll never forget.
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A year ago, I read an extremely absorbing biography on Winston S Churchill, one of the best books I'd ever read. Two things sprung into my mind: 1) How come no one had ever filmed such an incredible character with such a historically involved life (not just the events around WWII: his whole life was riveting stuff!) into a classic? 2) How could anyone play HIM? Well every once in a while when you least expect it, you run into something by accident. Had it not been there, you'd never have even looked for it. Thank god for accidents! I saw this film on a British Airways flight. Every once in a while you'll find a real treasure. That was one of those moments. 1) Very accurate and well-written, this short film focused on the 1934-1939 period only, focusing on character dynamics and is one of the best character driven films I've ever seen. 2) Albert Finney! Albert Finney IS Churchill. The resemblance and voice are a 100% match. The acting is probably among the finest celebrity portrayals ever filmed... and as if that weren't enough, he is surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast doing their best (Redgrave as Clemmie Churchill in particular, though Jakobi, Broadbent and all the others deliver their fair share). Made for tv but boasting a comfortable 1:85 format and lush cinematography that only scream out how much this was destined to the big screen. One can only pray that cast and crew may unite for a bigger budget 3 hour piece also including WWII (or are we to expect a part 2 anyway, if so, all the better!). One can pray. Every once in a while, wishes are granted! :-)
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