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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 77 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Ronald Pickup), is forced to resign, recommending Sir Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) 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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It takes the power of leadership to unite a nation. See more »


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

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Trivia

Winston Churchill was a major advocate of eugenics, including the forced sterilization of the mentally handicapped. In October 1910 a deputation to the government called for the implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations on eugenics without delay. Churchill, in his reply, recalled the fact that there were at least 120,000 "feeble-minded" persons "at large in our midst" who deserved "all that could be done for them by a Christian and scientific civilization now that they are in the world," but who should, if possible, be "segregated under proper conditions so that their curse died with them and was not transmitted to future generations.". In February 1911, Churchill spoke in the House of Commons about the need to introduce compulsory labour camps for "mental defectives." As for "tramps and wastrels," he said, "there ought to be proper labour colonies where they could be sent for considerable periods and made to realize their duty to the State.". See more »

Goofs

The conversation between Churchill and the public while riding the Underground continues for more than 5 minutes, but the journey from St James' Park to Westminster takes less than 2 minutes. However, during a war, there are many reasons why the train could run slower. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits the Big Ben clock is heard striking. See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018) See more »

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Fantastic Performance
1 February 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

It is impressive how The World War II can still produce great films after almost eighty year. "Darkest Hour" is an example, showing the biography of Winston Churchill in 1940 when Hitler was invading and dominating the Western Europe. But the film works mainly because of the fantastic performance of Gary Oldman. It is amazing how this actor incorporates the image we have of the great British leader in archival footages. Gary Oldman really deserves the Oscar! Kristin Scott Thomas is also impressive in the role of Churchill's beloved wife Clemmie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Destino de uma Nação" ("The Fate of a Nation")


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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:

$153,129,891
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Dolby Atmos

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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