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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 (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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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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This movie exaggerates the Labour Party's role in Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister. Clement Attlee was prepared to serve in a coalition government led by Viscount Halifax in 1940, and even said that Halifax would make a better leader than Churchill. This movie has also been accused by critics, including American writer Adam Gopnik and Adrian Smith, emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Southampton, of downplaying the importance of Attlee in the war cabinet. They pointed out that Attlee and his Labour colleagues were completely opposed to any peace deal with Adolf Hitler in 1940 and their support for Winston Churchill's position on this was vital against Viscount Halifax. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the film a black Riley RM drives past 10 Downing Street. This was a post war model (1945 - 55). Also, a black 1949 - 53 Ford Anglia E494A is seen later on in the film. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: 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?
President Roosevelt: Well, you-you've got me there again. New law preventing transshipment of military equipment.
Winston Churchill: 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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Almost history
11 February 2018 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

As a film this is quite good; it's not dull, the performances are good, the production design is excellent, the script is a professional piece of work and even Oldman's make-up is not too distracting.

However, something is not right. If most people get their history from movies, this is concerning. It's obvious that actual events occurred with real people and what they did and said but in a movie this gets pasteurized into what smart people believe will be more thrilling, more sympathetic, more emotional. That process necessarily alters things into something that is even anachronistically rendered and therefore not in the record.

This defect occurs frequently in this movie , so it's not history but myth making. A good example is Churchill's dive into the Underground to meet the common person to steel his resolve. Now Churchill had a mixed view of the average voter, and he was a patrician, but even that aside, he did not need to take a Tube train survey to gauge opinion.

This scene is poached from Shakespeare's Henry V where the king goes among his soldiers the night before battle to hear them and take courage from their strength. Steal from the best is a good policy, but it's not history. It's Shakespearean history and that trades effect for accuracy too.

The audience is given this scene to present Churchill as an instrument of democracy; he's acting for what the people want, therefore he's doing the right thing. It's called pandering.

Well, it is just a movie.


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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:

$150,847,207
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1.85 : 1
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