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Churchill and the Generals (1979)

The complicated relationship between Winston Churchill and the leaders of the British army during World War II.


Alan Gibson


Ian Curteis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy West ... Winston Churchill
Eric Porter ... Gen. Sir Alan Brooke
Arthur Hill ... President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joseph Cotten ... Gen. George C. Marshall
Richard Dysart ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ian Richardson ... Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery
Patrick Allen ... Gen. Sir Claude Auchinleck
Alexander Knox ... Henry Stimson - Secretary of War
Robert Arden ... Harry Hopkins
Paul Hardwick ... Gen. Sir Hastings Ismay
Peter Copley ... Gen. Sir John Dill
Patrick Magee ... Gen. Sir Archibald Wavell
Terence Alexander ... Gen. Sir Harold Alexander
Lyndon Brook ... King George VI
Amanda Walker ... Queen Elizabeth


The complicated relationship between Winston Churchill and the leaders of the British army during World War II.

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Drama | History | War






English | French

Release Date:

5 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stratigoi tou polemou See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Serious Disappointment
26 August 2001 | by David Rusen-1See all my reviews

I love Churchill and have seen a number of movies on his life. Biograghies and documentaries generally better than fiction.

But this is particularly unsatisfying. First is the childish and almost feminine demeanor of the great wartime leader played by this actor. Hair raising. Next is the British point of view, with overstatement of strategic importance of military power of UK during wartime. Next is almost complete lack of any history except the few encounters they chose to depict. I guess this is in the service of total focus on the generals, per se, which admittedly is the stated goal of the film.

We managed to endure almost 2 hours before agreeing to exit.

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