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Churchill (2017)

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96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

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Jonathan Teplitzky
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Cox ... Winston Churchill
Miranda Richardson ... Clemmie Churchill
John Slattery ... Dwight Eisenhower
Julian Wadham ... General Montgomery
Richard Durden ... Jan Smuts
Ella Purnell ... Helen Garrett
Danny Webb ... Field Marshal Alan Brooke
Jonathan Aris ... Leigh Mallory
George Anton George Anton ... Admiral Ramsay
Steven Cree ... Group Captain Stagg
James Purefoy ... King George VI
Peter Ormond ... Briggs
Angela Costello ... Kay Summersby
Kevin Findlay Kevin Findlay ... Fanshawe
Miro Teplitzky Miro Teplitzky ... Adjutant Howard
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Storyline

June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. An impulsive, sometimes bullying personality - fearful, obsessive and hurting. Fearful of repeating, on his disastrous command, the mass slaughter of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of young men were cut down on the beaches of Gallipoli. Obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness: his destiny. Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, Churchill is a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler's Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he'll be remembered as an architect of carnage. Political opponents sharpen their knives. General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery are increasingly frustrated by Churchill's attempts to stop...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, brief war images, historical smoking throughout, and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warlord See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$400,843, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,244,798, 14 July 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Brian Cox gained 22 pounds for the role, not wanting to wear a fat suit and latex. See more »

Goofs

The song Happy Days Are Here Again came out in 1929. It is unlikely that the two daughters of Churchill who were in their teens at the time would have been bouncing along to a song that was ten years out of date. By then, American swing was the most popular among the youth. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: [Drinking a glass of water after a speech] God, do I wish this were Scotch.
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Featured in Churchill: Behind the Scenes Featurette (2017) See more »

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The Future
Written by Lorne Balfe
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The height of perversity
23 June 2017 | by p-seed-889-188469See all my reviews

On the basis that other reviewers have very adequately covered the glaring objections to this film I will keep this brief.

In an action packed life of 80 years involving 2 world wars and one other significant war (The Boer War), a momentous political career, a life filled with both failure as well phenomenal achievements, that the filmmakers should think it necessary to MAKE UP a story about Churchill seems like the pinnacle of perversity. It just defies any logic hitherto known to mankind.

"Poetic license" is nothing new in movie making. However this movie is more like a "license to kill", kill a man's reputation, kill the concept of history, and kill the truth. The preservation of actual history in the light of revisionism is difficult enough without the general public being exposed to downright lies to further confuse and deceive them.

I give this movie a 1 as a protest, in the probably forlorn hope that if enough people do the same to all movies that mess around with history, movie makers will get the message and steer their movies in a way that treats people and history responsibly.


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