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The Gathering Storm (1974)

The story of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Winston Churchill (book), Colin Morris (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Winston Churchill
Virginia McKenna ... Clemmie Churchill
Robert Hardy ... Joachim von Ribbentrop
Ian Bannen ... Adolf Hitler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Neville Chamberlain
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Kurt von Schuschnigg
Robert Beatty ... Lord Beaverbrook
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Cook
Lesley Dunlop ... Mary Churchill
Michael Elwyn ... Anthony Eden
Edward Evans ... David Lloyd George
Clive Francis ... Randolph Churchill
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ... Speaker
Verna Harvey ... Junior secretary
John Kane ... Brendan Bracken
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The story of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Gathering Storm (#24.2) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview with Robert Hardy, Richard Burton refused to shave his hair off to make himself look more like Churchill. See more »

Quotes

Randolph Churchill: [after the Churchills have listened to Edward VIII announce his abdication] Well if you ask me, I call that a ghastly, sentimental speech.
Clemmie Churchill: I'm sorry you think that, Randolph, your father helped him to write it.
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Fascinating epic
19 March 2002 | by martin_humbleSee all my reviews

Made for television in 1974 but non the less rather well-made and supported by great actors. Richard Burton stars as Sir Winston Churchill in this epic which spans the pre-war years of 1936-40. Following Churchill from being both ignored and ridiculed to the point where he is asked to lead the British nation, The gathering storm is interesting, fascinating and a great document of history. Richard Burton gives a powerful and fully believable performance, one of his better in the 1970s. 6/10


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