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Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)

 |  Comedy, War  |  3 December 2004 (UK)
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In this irreverent parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors. Hitler moves into Buckingham palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A US Army... See full summary »

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In this irreverent parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors. Hitler moves into Buckingham palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A US Army officer claims the cigar-smoking iconic PM was an actor, Ray Bubbles, impersonating his own father, USMC lieutenant Winston Churchill, a genius spy who stole an enigma code machine and almost single-handedly won a very alternative battle for Britain. Written by KGF Vissers

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£148,326 (UK) (3 December 2004)

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£148,326 (UK) (3 December 2004)
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This comedy uses as a running joke the Hitler one testicle gag from a version of "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" lyrics sung to the Colonel Bogey March. It's even seen performed at a London concert much to Hitler's chagrin. The lyrics for the version performed here are: "Hitler has only got one ball, Göring has two but very small, Himmler is somewhat sim'lar, But poor old Goebbel's got no balls at all." Hitler's high-ranking off-siders Goebbels and Göring appear in the film. See more »

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A royal servant throws Prince Mario's gift into a sack. The same gift reappears back in the royal servant's hand immediately after, only to be re-thrown into the same sack - in the same manner as before. See more »

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Hitler: [to Princess Elizabeth] Today at 3:00, we will be married. It will be a perfect marriage between the glorious 1000 year Reich und the British Empire. Und by 6:00 you will be installed in a glorious new Schloss deep underground in Hannover. Half a mile of reinforced concrete will lie between you and the - shops! You will want for nothing. You will have four sons; one every five months. They will be named: Adolf, Randolf, Gandolf, und little Ralf - who will be our favourite, until he gets too big ...
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One extra scene and several outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It)
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Amusing enough, but inconsistent
8 August 2005 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

When taken in the right spirit, this is a pretty enjoyable film, but it has its share of problems nonetheless. Sold as a parody of the way Hollywood tends to treat actual historical events, it doesn't really live up to its promises as it only occasionally does a decent job of lampooning its subject matter. When it does, it's very funny - my favourite exchange being (paraphrased) "It's up to the Americans to save the day again!", "God, I wish I was an American!". The rest of the time, though, it seems content to simply be a wacky slapstick comedy that gets its laughs from making prominent historical figures look a little ridiculous. Sometimes this works - I adored Neve Campbell's performance as Elizabeth, as well as her hilariously overdone accent... in fact she's probably the best part of the movie - but other times it doesn't, for example with Goering and Goebbels. It also has a habit of making its jokes too obvious at times, as if writer/director Peter Richardson was afraid that audiences wouldn't get it: it's not enough for Churchill's fellow GI, an African-American, to be relegated to the role of the stereotypical black comic relief character, he actually has to point this out to us.

Nonetheless, it's a fun movie, although I suspect that it will go down better with British audiences than American viewers. Provided you're not expecting sophisticated comedy or subtlety of any kind I expect you'll have fun. 7/10


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