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
The British historical characters were almost without exception played by British actors. However, the Australian Ben Mendelsohn was cast, in addition to his several acclaimed prior roles, because he has a close physical resemblance to the real King George VI, more so than Colin Firth and Jared Harris, two actors who had recently played him, and he is capable of a seamless British accent. 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 »
I'm sure I am not alone in having seen everything ever filmed about the man.
But this is nothing like I have seen before. He is so funny.
We see his ability to make jokes like never before and there is more here than just dry sarcastic references.
He keeps us in stitches. He must have told 25 jokes.
This film starts in the days when Chamberlain knows he cannot continue as prime minister, alongside the crippling uncertainty of his cabinet meetings, and through to when the entire country, as a result of his speeches, stands firmly behind Churchill as war leader.
What surprised me the most was how large a role the opposition party played in Churchill's rise to power.
Excellent supporting cast from those distinguished actors we have seen in many BBC productions and "Game of Thrones".
Ben Mendelsohn's portrayal of King George VI was stunningly well done.
A real delight at Tiff - too bad no Q&A for my screening.
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