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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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UK | USA

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English

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31 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Into the Storm: Churchill at War See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Clive Mantle (Thompson), Donald Sumpter (Lord Halifax), Iain Glen (King George VI), Robert Pugh (General Ismay), Gethin Antony (1st Pilot) and Patrick Malahide (Major General Bernard Montgomery) have all starred in Game of Thrones (2011). They respectively portray Greatjon Umber, Maester Luwin, Jorah Mormont, Craster, Renly Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy. See more »

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When Churchill visits an RAF base, and the squadron is scrambled, a Spitfire and a Hurricane are shown taking off as a pair. In fact, Hurricane and Spitfire operations were kept separate, and the two types would not have been mixed at (and scrambled from) the same dispersal, as depicted in the film. See more »

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Oh No!
8 June 2009 | by johnclark-1See all my reviews

Sorry, but as an Englishman who lived through WWII in London, with a thorough awareness of the Churchill persona and character, I found this fictional depiction to be a mockery of him and those years. To begin with, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is ten years too young for the part, indicated a lot of petty grumpiness, lacked the innate humor which was so much a part of the man, and to be more blunt from an acting standpoint, failed to inhabit his character. And Janet McTeer did not find the tenderness and devotion which we know existed between Clemmie and her husband, and seemed instead to be on the brink of divorce. Not to forget the scripter who offered strange choices. I found Churchill's supposed preoccupation with speech rehearsings to be particularly annoying. I suppose American viewers will like it, but what do they know.

Thank God there exists a six part documentary series on You Tube, where I was able to spend a little time to cleanse my mind of this Churchill travesty.


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