During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's 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 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
Extensive make-up was used to transform Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, but to call this "aging" make-up would not be entirely accurate. In May 1940, Churchill was sixty-five years and six months old. Oldman turned fifty-nine during filming. See more »
Clemmie Churchill and the King are both shown listening on the wireless to Churchill's "We shall never surrender" speech in the Commons. Live broadcasting from Parliament did not begin until the 1970s so his speeches could not have been heard on the wireless as they were being made. He repeated some of them later for the BBC and these are the recordings that are now available. See more »
At just under 1000 votes so far, I am stunned at the number of "1" votes. On the other hand, the 2nd-highest number of votes is for "10", so there is very much a love-it-or-hate-it quality to the voters.
It would be helpful if some of the "1" voters explained why they hated the movie.
This movie is about British backroom parliamentary politics, in the 1st month of Winston Churchill's prime ministership. With the war going badly, a rearguard of peaceniks is still trying to get a peace deal with Hitler, despite having been pushed out of power.
It certainly worked for me, a political junkie. If you are one too, this is for you. If not, maybe like the "1" and "2" voters, you might be bored to tears and should stay away.
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