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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some thematic material

Sex & Nudity

  • None. An old man gets out of bed feet first wearing a robe. A woman blushes and averts her look to avoid getting flashed (which doesn't happen anyway).
  • An old man warns after taking a bath, "I'm coming out in a state of nature" before he exits the bathroom. A woman runs away, and after she is gone we see the man's legs as he moves across screen.
  • Churchill tells King George that his mother was very glamorous; but he also suggests-giving the king a knowing look-that she was "perhaps too much loved."
  • We learn that Churchill's father went insane due to syphilis
  • Churchill dictates to Elizabeth from pretty much everywhere-including his bathtub.
  • She sits outside the bathroom, taking down his missives that he hollers through the shut door, when he suddenly announces that he's "coming out in a state of nature."
  • She quickly scurries down the stairs before he exits the bathroom
  • The only things we see of him, though, are his feet and pasty-white calves.

Violence & Gore

  • The film contains a scene where German bombers drop bombs on British forces taking shelter in a fort, causing explosions. However, no details of injury are depicted.
  • An Army officer walks through a sick bay crowded with severely wounded and dying troops in the sidelines. One screams out in pain (in the background). Nothing is focused on.
  • Though Darkest Hour deals intimately with war, we see precious little of it.
  • A dead man's eye reflects several bombs being dropped, which explode in blooms of fire
  • We witness British soldiers desperately holed up, many of them injured.
  • Some scream, others sport bloody bandages.
  • We hear about the desperate situation in Dunkirk, where 300,000 men are stranded.
  • Churchill orders a unit of 4,000 men in Calais, France-just outside the Dunkirk encirclement-to engage the surrounding German armies in a desperate attempt to distract them long enough for a portion of the British army to be evacuated; it's a mission someone on Churchill's war council categorizes as "suicide."
  • He's pretty much right: We later hear that the Calais regiment is in turn surrounded and being brutally bombarded by the Germans, with the unit suffering 60% casualties.


  • There is some use of swear words such as "shit", "damn" and "jerks".
  • Use of the word g_d d***.
  • A British expression "up your bum" is used but is seen in a joking way.
  • "Bugger" is used in strongly and in various many forms
  • We hear four uses of the word "d--n," once paired with God's name
  • God's name is misused one other time, too.
  • British vulgarities "bloody and "bugger" are also used with some frequency.
  • Churchill angrily calls his secretary a "nincompoop."
  • When Churchill first flashes his famous "V" for victory sign, he does so with the outside of his hand facing toward the camera
  • Elizabeth later blushingly informs Churchill that the sign has a different meaning in some of the "poorer quarters" of London: "up the bum."
  • Churchill laughs heartily at his faux pas.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many characters, in particular Churchill, are shown drinking and smoking in various scenes.
  • in 99% of the scenes with the main Character he is shown drinking various liquors, pouring a glass, asking for refills, etc.. When asked how he can drink throughout the day and manage he responds "with a lot of practice". Another quips that churchill has alcohol for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
  • The main character is shown at all times with a cigar - either smoking it, lighting it, looking for matches, etc. He quips to his wife maybe he could cut down from smoking 4 a day.
  • Churchill drank a lot-both in real life and in this movie.
  • His political opponents accused him of being a "drunkard," and they weren't far off.
  • He usually starts his day with scotch; he drinks champagne with his lunch and dinner; and he and concludes his day with port or brandy.
  • "How do you manage to drink during the day?" an appalled King George asks Churchill as a servant pours the prime minister another glass of champagne.
  • "Practice," Churchill says.
  • He was rarely without his trademark cigar, either.
  • We see Churchill lighting and smoking them often.
  • He uses them, too: He takes his time lighting one, forcing a political rival to wait
  • When he rides the London Underground, he asks for a match-breaking the ice with his fellow travelers and inviting them to converse with him.
  • And when Clementine tells Churchill that they're very nearly broke, Churchill promises to economize by cutting back to "four cigars a day."
  • Other people drink and smoke as well.
  • King George notably smokes cigarettes here (and famously died of lung cancer later, in real life).
  • Churchill's family toasts with champagne (with one of Churchill's young sons downing his glass before the toast is over).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Dramatic and heated discussions of enormous soldier sacrifices. the suicide mission of 4,000 troops with no evacuation is discussed, the almost certain loss of 300,000 troops at dunkirk is discussed, previous failed missions are discussed involving the loss of thousands of troops. A woman shares that her brother died in the war.

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