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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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... Eva Braun
... Hitler
... Winston Churchill
... King George VI
Simon Rake ... Reporter 1
James Long ... Reporter 2
James Putnam ... Reporter 3 (as James Puttnam)
... Potter
Vic Reeves ... Bendle
... Princess Elizabeth
... Lieutenant Baker (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
... Denzil Eisenhower
... Princess Margaret
... Lord W'ruff
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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History... Hollywood style! See more »

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3 December 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az ifjú Churchill kalandjai  »

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£148,326 (United Kingdom), 5 December 2004, Limited Release
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The Adolf Hitler character is mistaken for Charles Chaplin on more than one occasion in this movie. Once by a cab driver and once by the King, Hitler is the subject of mistaken identity joke for Chaplin's the Tramp character from the classic silent comedy The Gold Rush (1925) where he is remembered for eating his shoe. Interestingly, it is of note that Chaplin spoofed and parodied Adolf Hitler in his later movie, The Great Dictator (1940), See more »

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Thrice, we see Lieutenant Baker and Captain Davies in the PM's office; once towards the beginning of the film, once towards the end, and once just into the credits. In the first instance, there appears to be some sort of card propped upright as part of the decor on the mantelpiece, behind the PM, to the (viewers') left. This card disappears partway through the second instance in the PM's office, and stays gone from there on in. See more »

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Radio Presenter: And, oh, here comes Satan. I mean, Josef Goebbels. Dressed in a magnificent black cloak, and horns.
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One extra scene and several outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

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References The Patriot (2000) See more »

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The Washing on the Siegfried Line
Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
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Should have been good, but isn't
6 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

For a long time now, Hollywood have overblown things, messed with facts and just generally not been all that honest with what has made it to the screen.. You can imagine then, the producers of Churchill - The Hollywood Years sat around thinking of ways to play with this idea. Making a send-up of Hollywood by casting Christian Slater as William Churchill must have seemed like a grand idea, and after seeing the trailer I was very much all for it...but it's safe to say that the film has missed the mark, and all Churchill - The Hollywood Years really is, is a bottom drawer action spoof with very little in the way of redeeming features or funny ideas. The film basically has one running joke, which is never good for a film; but it's especially rubbish when you realise that this joke isn't even capitalised on to the extent that it could have been. The film seems to be happy to just rely on giggles rather than big laughs, and only about half of these giggles work; and only about a quarter of the ones that work garner any kind of substantial laugh factor. This film isn't exactly sidesplitting.

One thing that definitely is to this movie's credit is the casting of Christian Slater in the lead role. Slater has made a lot of rubbish lately, and while this film isn't good; at least he's good in it. Slater gives Winston Churchill just the right essence of the standard 'American hero' and seeing him "kick butt" is always a pleasure. Well...it would be if the action sequences weren't so tacky. It's more local theatre than Hollywood. One miscasting is Neve Campbell as the queen of Britain. I'm a fan of Neve, and liked her a lot in the likes of 'Scream' and 'Wild Things', but here she just makes a fool of herself. Her British accent is stupid in the extreme and her performance isn't convincing at all. Like many British productions, this one has hired just about every British comedian going for various roles, and this doesn't do the film any favours in my opinion. Their caricatures are largely unfunny and it's obvious that they're only in the film so that they've got something to do. It's a huge shame that this film isn't very good as it could have been a nice little parody. Oh well.


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