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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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It takes the power of leadership to unite a nation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This movie deals with the political background around the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk in mid 1940. This operation was also the subject of Dunkirk (2017). Both movies were Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

The House of Commons scenes show 'prayer cards' on the Front Benches. Members of the Government and Shadow Front Bench Spokesman never have to use these. See more »

Quotes

King George VI: One never knows what's going to come out of your mouth next. Something that'll flatter, something that'll wound.
Winston Churchill: My e-emotions are unbridled. A wildness. In the blood. I share with my father. And my mother also. We lack the gift of temperance.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Newsnight: Episode dated 21 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Fantastic movie - really worth watching. Oldman deserved the Oscar
12 May 2019 | by PrabhurajSee all my reviews

Clearly Oldman is the star of this film, fully convincing in his turn as Winston Churchill. The dialogue is amazing and the flow great as we see a charismatic Churchill who as harsh as he may seem, truly cared for his country. Hearing that the subway scene wasn't true did inevitably diminish its greatness for me, but that horrible ending! Out of nowhere! Left the movie on such a weird note.


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Language:

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Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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