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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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Az ifjú Churchill kalandjai  »

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£148,326 (UK) (3 December 2004)

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On the DVD commentary during the scene where US Churchill and Denzil Eisenhower exit the British War Office: director, Peter Richardson, dubs, "This is very r... relevant to the Iraq War". See more »

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In the scene in the "Irish Cockney" pub, there is a quick cut away from Lillybet (without glasses), and back (with glasses). It is doubtful whether she could have put them on so quickly. See more »

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Hitler: I am The Fuerher. I'd like you to know I have a complete set of testicles.
Princess Elizabeth: One is very pleased to hear that.
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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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