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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Rake ...
James Long ...
Reporter 2
James Putnam ...
Reporter 3 (as James Puttnam)
Vic Reeves ...
Tom Clarke Hill ...
Lieutenant Baker (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
Nigel Harrison ...


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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Also Known As:

Az ifjú Churchill kalandjai  »

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£148,326 (UK) (3 December 2004)


£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 »


The second time US Churchill and Denzil Eisenhower are dockside; as Eisenhower drives the jeep towards camera, what he mouths to US Churchill, and what comes through on audio - doesn't match initially - although as they near the camera, mid-sentence, the audio works its way back in synch. See more »


Winston Churchill: Okay. Now whats it all about, Alfie? Huh? What'd they tease you at school? Is that it? Is that why you gotta make the whole fuckin' world pay? C'mon, tell me your story. I'm all fuckin' ears, man. C'mon, asshole!
Hitler: What is this with you Americans, with the: "focking this" and "focking that" and "up the bott" an' "in the ass"? You can't even say this word properly as the English taught you, it is - "arse"! "Arse!" "Arse!" Und jaaa, Sherlock Holmes, I waaas teased at school, but, I got over it. I ...
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References Dad's Army (1968) See more »


Colonel Bogey on Parade
Composed by Kenneth Alford
Courtesy of Bandleader Recordings Copyright 2000
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
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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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