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Young Winston (1972)

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Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-famous politician.

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Winston Churchill (based upon "My Early Life: A Roving Commission") (as The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill K.G. O.M. C.H. M.P.), Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Lord Randolph Churchill
Anne Bancroft ... Lady Jennie Churchill / Lady Randolph Churchill
Simon Ward ... Young Winston / Sir Winston Churchill's Voice (voice)
Jack Hawkins ... Mr. Welldon
Patrick Magee ... General Bindon Blood
Edward Woodward ... Aylmer Haldane
John Mills ... General Kitchener
Peter Cellier ... Captain
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Adjutant
Dino Shafeek ... Sikh Soldier
Russell Lewis ... Winston (aged 7)
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Everest
Laurence Naismith ... Lord Salisbury
William Dexter William Dexter ... Arthur Balfour
Basil Dignam ... Joseph Chamberlain
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Storyline

This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood, his time as a war correspondent in South Africa during the Second Boer War, and culminating in his first election to Parliament. Written by Matt <matt@measham.force9.net>

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Rebel Soldier Hustler Prisoner Fugitive Firebrand [Australia Theatrical]

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven Winston See more »

Filming Locations:

Morlais Colliery, Dyfed, Wales. See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Open Road Films (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | 6-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (uncredited)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene of the movie, in which the elderly Churchill is visited by the ghost of his father, who doesn't know the details of Winston's career, bears a strong resemblance to (and was probably based on) a story called "The Dream", which Churchill recounted to his family over dinner circa 1947, and later wrote out at their request. See more »

Goofs

In the depiction of the Battle of Omdurman, the film states the famous charge of the 21st Lancers, which included Winston Churchill, happened the next day "during mopping up operations". In fact the charge happened on the same day as the main battle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Who's that bloody fool on the gray?
Adjutant: Someone who wants to be noticed, I should imagine.
Captain: He'll be noticed. He'll get his head blown off.
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Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Sarie Marais
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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A Film well remembered
5 February 2007 | by TirogesflairSee all my reviews

Like most reviewers here - I saw the film originally on the big screen back in 1972. As an eager young historian then - I recall how much this film helped bring to life Winston Churchill and political and social life of Great Britain in the decades before the First World War. Simon Ward was brilliant as the young Winston but Robert Shaw's tortured performance as Lord Randolph Churchill stand out - especially the scene where he is addressing the House of Commons when clearly his mind was fast gowing. Anthony Hopkins does have a small - but crucial role in the film as Liberal M.P David Lloyd George. It was his friendship with Churchill and the then political issue of tariffs v Free trade that led to Churchill leaving the Conservatives and becoming a Liberal for the next 20 years. I do also recall the final 'ghost' scene - so i will be interested to see what the new DVD will do about that as a missing scene from the earlier video release.


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