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Darkest Hour (2017)

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In May 1940, the fate of World War II hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean the end of the British Empire.

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Joe Wright
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Winston Churchill
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Clemmie
Ben Mendelsohn ... King George VI
Lily James ... Elizabeth Layton
Ronald Pickup ... Neville Chamberlain
Stephen Dillane ... Viscount Halifax
Nicholas Jones ... Sir John Simon
Samuel West ... Sir Anthony Eden
David Schofield ... Clement Atlee
Richard Lumsden ... General Ismay
Malcolm Storry ... General Ironside
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Arthur Greenwood
Benjamin Whitrow ... Sir Samuel Hoare
Joe Armstrong ... John Evans
Adrian Rawlins ... Air Chief Marshal Dowding (as Adrian Rawlings)

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During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's 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 Hitler 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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Never give up. Never give in. See more »


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

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In an interview to promote this movie, Gary Oldman said that he considered Winston Churchill to be "arguably the greatest Briton who ever lived". Like Churchill, the right-wing political leader he portrayed in this movie, Oldman is known to have right-wing sympathies, having revealed in an interview in 2014 that he was a libertarian, hated political correctness, and believed Hollywood to have a liberal political bias by denying conservatives a podium. Amongst his controversial statements, he claimed that people were considered to be racist if they didn't vote for the anti-slavery movie 12 Years a Slave (2013) at the Oscars. He was also forced to apologize after defending antisemitic comments by fellow actor Mel Gibson. See more »

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Four RAF fighter planes are seen flying over London in a finger four formation. While Luftwaffe had started using that tactic earlier, the RAF used a three plane "vic" formation until the end phases of Battle of Britain. See more »

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Clemmie: You are strong because you are imperfect. You are wise because you have doubts
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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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Well worth seeing just to watch Oldman's performance.
24 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

At this point, "Darkest Hour" has an overall rating of 5.3. I do not understand this at all, but the film has not actually been released yet and has only been seen in film festivals. I assume the overall score will increase considerably--especially since the two reviews for it were quite positive.

Now I must point out that I am a retired history teacher and I consider Winston Churchill to be perhaps the greatest politician of the century. So, I clearly have a bias and predisposition towards liking the movie...especially if it's done well. Is it a crowd pleaser? Maybe not, as the average movie-goer (especially teens) might not enjoy this or care a lick about the film.

The story covers only a portion of the month of May, 1940...just before the fall of France during WWII. Prime Minster Chamberlain is about to be tossed out of office, as his appeasement strategy with Hitler has turned out to be completely stupid. In his place, some hope for Churchill to be the next Prime Minister...though some forces are working to depose him as soon as he comes to power. At the same time, the war is going as badly as it possibly can. Can Churchill survive this? Well, of course...duh, it's HISTORY!

The reasons to see this are two big ones....the film has achieved the look of 1940 beautifully and Gary Oldman provides an Oscar- winning performance in the lead. If he is not at least nominated for this top award, I will be completely shocked...and he really managed (along with ample prosthetics) to LOOK and SOUND like the great man. Great job all around...and a perfect film.


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Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,006, 26 November 2017

Gross USA:

$56,468,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,847,274
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1.85 : 1
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