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Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)

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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Peter Richardson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Richardson ... Eva Braun
Antony Sher ... Hitler
Christian Slater ... Winston Churchill
Harry Enfield ... King George VI
Simon Rake Simon Rake ... Reporter 1
James Long James Long ... Reporter 2
James Putnam James Putnam ... Reporter 3 (as James Puttnam)
Bob Mortimer ... Potter
Vic Reeves ... Bendle
Neve Campbell ... Princess Elizabeth
Tom Clarke Hill ... Lieutenant Baker (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
Romany Malco ... Denzil Eisenhower
Jessica Oyelowo ... Princess Margaret
Leslie Phillips ... Lord W'ruff
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Jack
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Storyline

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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History... Hollywood style! See more »

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Comedy | War

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At the end of the film, after sliding closed the canopy of the (ersatz) Spitfire, the film cuts to a close shot of a Hawker Hurricane taking off, then back to a flight of Spitfires. See more »

Quotes

Hitler: What is this with you Americans? With the fucking this and fucking that and up ze butt and in ze ass. You can't even say this word proberly, as the English taught you. It is arse, arse arse!
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Crazy Credits

One extra scene and several outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Dad's Army (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Churchill Rap
Written by Romany Malco and Simon Boswell
Re-mixed by André Jacquemin
Performed by Romany Malco and Christian Slater
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"I Wish I Was American"
7 December 2004 | by BodyDoubleFilmsSee all my reviews

A patchy British send-up of the way Hollywood rewrites history in favour of America.

Although I enjoyed seeing a British film sticking two fingers up to Hollywood, in the end it only, and ironically, serves to demonstrate why Hollywood has won the war in the UK box office. A ramshackle gathering of comical ideas, just about held together around the idea that Churchill wasn't a fat old British aristocrat, but was in fact a young American hero who single-handedly saves England from the Nazis, while falling in love with the future Queen of England.

But too many times the script fell foul of going for the obvious gag, or just swearing for supposed comical effect. And the action sequences were so incompetently done, looking more like something out of an episode of Dad's Army, that they didn't work as a send up of Hollywood action sequences.

Whereas Monty Python had the talents of Terry Gilliam to give their movies style, Peter Richardson is somewhat less than gifted in that department. Some of it looks good, some of it just looks cheap.

Reeves and Mortimer are tedious as usual, and you just get the feeling that most of the Brit comedians who appeared were just here to amuse themselves. This gives a pretty amateurish feel to some scenes.

Still, I laughed and I think its worth seeing, simply because it does show up the absurdity of Hollywood history.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$529,546
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1.85 : 1
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