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.
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
In May 1940 the Soviet Union was supplying Nazi Germany with fuel, due to the German-Soviet Commercial Agreement. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin wanted to punish the UK for its invasion of Russia in 1918. During the Russian Civil War Churchill had used chemical weapons on villages in northern Russia, causing immense civilian casualties. See more »
In the House of Commons when Churchill first appears as Prime Minister, we learn that Chamberlain is to wave with his handkerchief if he wants to signal support for Churchill's policies. Just before Churchill stands to make his speech, Chamberlain can be seen placing his handkerchief on his knee. As Churchill speaks and the camera pans around, Chamberlain's handkerchief is back in his breast pocket. When the speech has concluded, Chamberlain's handkerchief has reappeared on his knee. See more »
Do I have your, uh, permission, uh, to send, uh, an aircraft carrier to pick up the P-40 fighter planes we purchased from you? Mr. President?
Well, you-you've got me there again. New law preventing transshipment of military equipment.
Uh, but we paid for them. We-we paid for them with the money that we... that we borrowed from you.
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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 »