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Into the Storm (2009)

Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm (2002), Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Gleeson ... Winston Churchill
Clive Mantle ... Thompson
Adrian Scarborough ... Sawyers
Jack Shepherd ... Neville Chamberlain
Donald Sumpter ... Lord Halifax
Andrew Havill ... King's Private Secretary
Iain Glen ... King George VI
James D'Arcy ... Jock Colville
Bill Paterson ... Clement Attlee
Adrian Fort Adrian Fort ... Tory MP
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Photographer
Bruce Alexander ... Duff Cooper
Janet McTeer ... Clementine Churchill
Kathryn Sumner Kathryn Sumner ... Mary Churchill
Michael Elwyn ... Charles Moran
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Winston Churchill is named Prime Minister on the very day the Nazis launch their invasion of the low countries and France. The immediate concern is the fate of the British Expeditionary Force now trapped with their back to the sea. The evacuation at Dunquerque saved most of them. Churchill formed a unified government with the Labour party and was steadfast in refusing to negotiate with the Germans. He developed a personal relationship with U.S. President Roosevelt but England (as Churchill always referred to the UK) stood alone until the U.S. entered the war. By war's end however, Labour won the election and Churchill was out of office. Written by garykmcd

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A relentless leader is the greatest weapon of war.


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Release Date:

31 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Into the Storm: Churchill at War See more »

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The film Churchill and his men and wife watch is "That Hamilton Woman", a 1941 movie narrating the affair between admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. In real life, Churchill was a great admirer of Nelson and, reportedly, he actually ghost penned the script (meaning that he wrote the script without accepting any credit for it). He also claimed several times that this was his favorite movie of all times. See more »

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When Churchill is dictating his famous "Never Surrender" speech and walks from one room to another, a modern door closer can be seen on the top center of the frame. See more »

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Winston Churchill: We are told that Herr Hitler has a plan for invading the British Isles. This has often been thought of before. I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home to outlive the menace of tyranny if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
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Cartoon version
3 November 2009 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

Superficial. Talk about dumbing down! I suppose, to be fair, there are millions in Britain, and even more in America, who have no idea who Winston Churchill was and the service he performed. Doubtless these people need to have the basics spelled out. However, the result is a the equivalent of a Disney cartoon version of A Christmas Carol. As an English viewer I also could not escape the uneasy feeling that this was a slightly twee version of British history adapted for Americans.

Gleeson did not convince me as Churchill. As another reviewer has noted, he lacked the impish and self-deprecating humour which was such an important counterbalance to some of his less endearing qualities. Janet McTeer's part could have been played by almost anybody. And when did Attlee become a Scot? One of the most convincing bits was the actor they found for Stalin - surely one of the best lookalikes of all time. Otherwise I don't know how they managed to gather such a roster of top acting talent for insignificant roles.

Shame. It could have been good.


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