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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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


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 »


Comedy | War


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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az ifjú Churchill kalandjai  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£148,326 (United Kingdom), 5 December 2004, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


There are three consecutive shots of the scene where the Fuehrer crashes a car into a building. The first and third shots appear to be from the same take. The second shot, however, has the following anomalies: Martin Bormann ("Hollywood" version) and Lord W'Ruff appear closer to the car and more to the (viewers') left of it; a luggage tag has moved; a white cuff can be seen from beneath Bormann's jacket sleeve; W'Ruff's scarf is draped differently. See more »


Goering: [to sentry] My name is Hermann Goering, you Schweinhund!
[to chauffeur]
Goering: Drive on! Drive! Leave him!
[to sentry]
Goering: Ptwerh!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Pump Up the Volume (1990) See more »


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 See 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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