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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 »

Director:

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 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

Opening Weekend:

£148,326 (United Kingdom), 5 December 2004, Limited Release
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real life Winston Churchill was actually half-American. His mother Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill) was born in Brooklyn in 1854. His grandfather, Leonard Jerome was a New York State Assemblyman. See more »

Goofs

The second time US Churchill and Denzil Eisenhower are dockside; as Eisenhower drives the jeep towards camera, what he mouths to US Churchill, and what comes through on audio - doesn't match initially - although as they near the camera, mid-sentence, the audio works its way back in synch. See more »

Quotes

Bendle: [looking at a copy of Hitler's book - "Mein Kampf"] "Me in Camp F"? What's this, a gay prison story?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
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'Carry On' is dead.......long live Pete Richardson
29 May 2007 | by lazyaceukSee all my reviews

I'd had this sat on my shelf for a while having bought it as part of a job lot of DVDs. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The film is much more clever than it seems with several in jokes and knowing nods to those who know there 'Comic Strip' and also enjoy taking the mickey out of jingoism, of any nation. To those who don't get that this is a satire more than a parody, note the way that 'Churchill' delivers the Enigma machine to Lord W'ruff within one of the first few scenes.

So it's not rip roaring - so what ? If you want the same old re-heated jokes then the Scary Movie franchise is probably more up your street. This is more the Pete Richardson of 'The Strike' or 'GLC'. It's brave of film producers to throw money at this kind of production, rather than letting it fall to TV and have to make compromises. The money is on the screen. It's a good time film.

For me Reeves and Mortimer play perfectly to form in their hammy cameos. Slater gets the joke and takes a leaf from Charlie Sheen and the Hot Shots movie. The only disappointment is that Miranda Richardson is so under used.

Not a popcorn film for the modern world of MTV and Big Brother, but certainly one worth watching just the once as a balance against the Michael Bay whore fests such Pearl Harbour or Armageddon.


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