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Darkest Hour (2017)

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In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Winston Churchill
... Clemmie
... King George VI
... Elizabeth Layton
... Neville Chamberlain
... Viscount Halifax
... Sir John Simon
... Sir Anthony Eden
... Clement Atlee
... General Ismay
... General Ironside
Hilton McRae ... Arthur Greenwood
... Sir Samuel Hoare
... John Evans
... Air Chief Marshall Dowding (as Adrian Rawlings)
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Storyline

During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's awesomely powerful Wehrmacht rampages across Europe, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain, is forced to resign, recommending Winston Churchill as his replacement. But even in his early days as the country's leader, Churchill is under pressure to commence peace negotiations with the German dictator or to fight head-on the seemingly invincible Nazi regime, whatever the cost. However difficult and dangerous his decision may be, Churchill has no choice but to shine in the country's darkest hour. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Darkest Hour  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,006, 26 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,443,120, 1 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,843,120, 1 April 2018
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In 1940, Halifax favored approaching Italy to see if acceptable peace terms were on offer, as it would been a chance to extract the British Expeditionary Force from France and in his view better terms might have been obtained with France still in the war than after her defeat. Churchill appears to been deluding himself about the likelihood of France fighting on and about the imminence of US entry. In drumming up the support of the Labour ministers, Churchill asserted that peace would mean "surrender" and handing over the Royal Navy, a view which has passed so deep into popular mythology that most historians just skate quickly over the matter, as it is almost impossible to have a rational discussion about it. It is impossible to say what armistice terms might have been on offer. See more »

Goofs

Churchill is seen flying to France is a Douglas C-47 with RAF markings in May 1940. The C-47 did not make its first flight until December 1941 and did not enter RAF service until 1942. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: On certain matters I have very few people with whom I can... talk frankly.
King George VI: Perhaps now we have each other.
Winston Churchill: And I no longer scare you?
King George VI: A little. But I can cope.
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Disclaimer in closing credits: "The depictions of tobacco smoking contained in this film are based solely on artistic consideration and are not intended to promote tobacco consumption. The Surgeon General has determined that there are serious health risks associated with smoking and with secondhand smoke." See more »

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Split vote - so far
7 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

At just under 1000 votes so far, I am stunned at the number of "1" votes. On the other hand, the 2nd-highest number of votes is for "10", so there is very much a love-it-or-hate-it quality to the voters.

It would be helpful if some of the "1" voters explained why they hated the movie.

This movie is about British backroom parliamentary politics, in the 1st month of Winston Churchill's prime ministership. With the war going badly, a rearguard of peaceniks is still trying to get a peace deal with Hitler, despite having been pushed out of power.

It certainly worked for me, a political junkie. If you are one too, this is for you. If not, maybe like the "1" and "2" voters, you might be bored to tears and should stay away.


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