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The Gathering Storm (2002)

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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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.

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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 garykmcd

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


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Albert Finney (Winston Churchill), Vanessa Redgrave (Clementine Churchill), Hugh Bonneville (Ivo Pettifer) and Derek Jacobi (Stanley Baldwin) have all appeared in adaptations of the 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie: Finney and Redgrave played Hercule Poirot and Mary Debenham respectively in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Bonneville played Edward Masterson in Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (2010) and Jacobi played Masterson in Murder on the Orient Express (2017). See more »

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During the 'Battle of Blenheim' scene, the English soldiers are firing their muskets one at a time. Standard practice of the 1700's was to fire muskets in volleys. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: Thank you.
Clemmie Churchill: For what?
Winston Churchill: For being rash enough to marry me, foolish enough to stay with me, and... for loving me in a way... I though I'd never be loved.
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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Fair & Balanced Look At Churchill
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How many movies do you see about Winston Churchill? Not enough, that's for sure, at least here in the U.S. Albert Finney plays the great British prime minister during the period before World War II and before he was in politics. Churchill was trying to warn his countrymen in the British Parliament of the dangers of Nazi Germany and most people weren't listening. (How ironic, with today's situation involving Islamic terrorists! Are WE listening?)

A big part of this film also details the romance between Churchill and his wife "Clementine" (Vanessa Redgrave). It's not some syrupy piece. It shows Churchill's warts, too, meaning his ego and temper. It's nicely filmed, a nice period piece and with just a handful of swear words. I was shocked, though, to hear one f-word, even if it was quoted from poetry. It seemed out of place in this TV film but obviously, television is more liberal in the UK.

This is a bit slow but a pleasant film I enjoyed.


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