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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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English

Release Date:

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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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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Follows The Gathering Storm (2002) See more »

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another splendid British historical drama
26 January 2010 | by paul davidSee all my reviews

this is a very enjoyable war drama without reaching any great heights in excitement. Brendan Gleeson acts well as Churchill and overall the film gives us a good impression of the difficulties of the time and how Churchill managed those difficulties and his 'assistants'. His fallibility as well as his leadership are well known and I agree with the earlier comment that the Stalin like character was terrific and a real star in his somewhat brief role. Roosevelt was well portrayed and you should not worry Mr Attley was portrayed as a Scot.

I did find the twisting of the story a little annoying insofaras we are watching churchills life during the war years but the story softly concentrates on his holiday in France with his wife at the end of the war and his struggle to hold onto power.

Not convinced this is intended in any way to be a sequel to Gathering Storm.

there are some good one-liners in this movie by Churchill, King George and others. Not convinced Gleeson makes it his own as Churchill but cant fault him for his efforts and professionalism and it really doesn't matter that he is much younger than Churchill actually was, this is a drama film and lets not forget that.

100 minutes is long enough and we are spared warfare throughout the film. this is not a war film and nor is intended as a biography on Churchill the man but much more a documentary to churchills role as British leader during those war years.

Easy to mock it as a British as the film is intended clearly for an American audience but it does not deflect from its entertainment level and the ending is for once a satisfying one.

after all, always better to leave the cinema happy even if not in agreement with the outcome.


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