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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 Bob Mortimer ... Potter
Vic Reeves 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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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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Based on an actual war. See more »

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ifjú Churchill kalandjai See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$529,546
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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

In the train station waiting room scene, the waitress addresses the character Jim Charoo (played by Mackenzie Crook) as "Alfie Trellis". See more »

Quotes

Denzil Eisenhower: You cant be judge, jury, and executioner at the same time. It's just not the American way.
Winston Churchill: Hey, you'll never get to be President if you're runnin' that kinda policy.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Alfie (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Elgar- Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4
Composed by Edward Elgar
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
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Funny, brilliant, bold & uneven spoof of British insecurities and Hollywood excesses
3 December 2004 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

This is clearly a spoof, and therein lies its strengths and weaknesses. Overall, it's pretty funny. I recommend going to see it in a full theater, with a gang of friends out for a laugh, and with two glasses of wine or two pints inside all of you. Not more, just the two.

The jokes are plentiful, and many are sight gags, easily understood. For example, British traitor Lord W'Ruff picking up Hitler at the airport, and the entire sequence of a stalled cars, luggage, and... well, I'll skip the details so you can be surprised. But the whole 8 minutes with them is hilarious! I laughed out loud. The SS Storm Troopers in various degrees of Buckingham Palace livery is also funny, as are many other gags. A few of the gags fell flat--- such as Goehring, and Goebbels (excuse the spelling). The king was subtle and bitingly funny satire on the Monarchy. So... some gags worked, some didn't. Some required your attention, and a bit of thought, some didn't.

The weak point was the crap production values. I know it's a comedy, and part of the joy of satire and comedy is that you can do it with a low budget. Produce on a shoestring. But this movie needed a bit more than it had. They should have begged for another 5 or 10 million dollars, and brought in a bunch of CGI London blitz crowds, bombs, and something more to give it at least a veneer (even a fakey one) of the historical setting it purports to portray. Obviously, we couldn't expect "Gladiator" level cartoon graphics--- but seeing wartime London with only three actors, 4 extras, and one old lorry fell so flat that my fantasy-bone that lets me pretend and enjoy a movie was jarred and interrupted.

OK--- go see it, but be in a lightly drunk group, ready to laugh. You will laugh, and you'll have a good time. Do remember, though, that it is a S-P-O-O-F, and is supposed to be over-the-top and silly. I gave it an 8 out of 10.


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