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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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Jon Culshaw ...
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Lieutenant Baker (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
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Captain Davies
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Simon Rake ...
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James Long ...
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James Putnam ...
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Bob Mortimer ...
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Lord W'ruff
Nigel Harrison ...
Jack
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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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Trivia

The Adolf Hitler character is mistaken for Charles Chaplin on more than one occasion in this movie. Once by a cab driver and once by the King, Hitler is the subject of mistaken identity joke for Chaplin's the Tramp character from the classic silent comedy The Gold Rush (1925) where he is remembered for eating his shoe. Interestingly, it is of note that Chaplin spoofed and parodied Adolf Hitler in his later movie, The Great Dictator (1940), See more »

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In the train station waiting room scene, the waitress addresses the character Jim Charoo (played by Mackenzie Crook) as "Alfie Trellis". See more »

Quotes

Lord W'ruff: I want you to take this to the King's bedroom.
[hands him a book]
Bendle: Oh?
Lord W'ruff: Place it beside his bed.
Bendle: 'Me in Kamp F'. What's this, a gay prison story?
Lord W'ruff: No, it's 'Mein Kampf'. It's by a German. Full of interesting ideas. Make sure the King sees it.
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One extra scene and several outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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Colonel Bogey on Parade
Composed by Kenneth Alford
Courtesy of Bandleader Recordings Copyright 2000
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
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'Carry On' is dead.......long live Pete Richardson
29 May 2007 | by (Plymouth, Devon, England) – See all my reviews

I'd had this sat on my shelf for a while having bought it as part of a job lot of DVDs. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The film is much more clever than it seems with several in jokes and knowing nods to those who know there 'Comic Strip' and also enjoy taking the mickey out of jingoism, of any nation. To those who don't get that this is a satire more than a parody, note the way that 'Churchill' delivers the Enigma machine to Lord W'ruff within one of the first few scenes.

So it's not rip roaring - so what ? If you want the same old re-heated jokes then the Scary Movie franchise is probably more up your street. This is more the Pete Richardson of 'The Strike' or 'GLC'. It's brave of film producers to throw money at this kind of production, rather than letting it fall to TV and have to make compromises. The money is on the screen. It's a good time film.

For me Reeves and Mortimer play perfectly to form in their hammy cameos. Slater gets the joke and takes a leaf from Charlie Sheen and the Hot Shots movie. The only disappointment is that Miranda Richardson is so under used.

Not a popcorn film for the modern world of MTV and Big Brother, but certainly one worth watching just the once as a balance against the Michael Bay whore fests such Pearl Harbour or Armageddon.


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