Churchill

2017, Biography/History, 1h 45m

116 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Churchill gets sterling work out of Brian Cox in the leading role, but it isn't enough to overcome a muddled and ultimately unsuccessful approach to an incredible real-life story. Read critic reviews

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Tensions mount for beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Fearful of repeating past mistakes, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his political opponents, the troubled leader receives unwavering support from his devoted wife, Clementine. With strength and shrewdness, she tries to prevent his physical, mental and spiritual collapse while inspiring him to achieve greatness.

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Brian Cox
Winston Churchill
Miranda Richardson
Clementine Churchill
John Slattery
Dwight Eisenhower
Julian Wadham
Bernard Montgomery
Richard Durden
Jan Smuts
James Purefoy
King George VI
Danny Webb
Alan Brooke
George Anton
Admiral Ramsay
Steven Cree
Captain Stagg
Angela Costello
Kay Summersby
Peter Ormond
Briggs
Jo Bamford
Executive Producer
Ian Berg
Executive Producer
Hugo Grumbar
Executive Producer
Tim Haslam
Executive Producer
Phil Hunt
Executive Producer
Ian Hutchinson
Executive Producer
Michael Milillo
Executive Producer
Christopher Reynolds
Executive Producer
Compton Ross
Executive Producer
Lisa Clarkson Milillo
Executive Producer
Ronnell Shaw
Executive Producer
Lorne Balfe
Original Music
David Higgs
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Chris Gill
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  • There are some beautifully written supporting characters enlivened by astute performances, particularly from James Purefoy as King George and Richard Durden as South African prime minister Jan Smuts.

    June 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its fanciful silliness, this is an interesting and original study of a magnificent but unsaintly man raging in the dark against the dying of the light.

    June 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Over-desperate to legitimise his bullishness, it buckles under the weight of its own self-importance.

    June 18, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As this drama begins... the British prime minister is silhouetted on the horizon, a hunched, rotund figure, with his black Homburg, overcoat and cane, giving perhaps the first sign that this film will take the iconic and turn it into clich.

    June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The conflicts rage on. The main one is between the Masterpiece Theatre staging and the subversive revision of history. It's Brian Cox's Churchill who brings them together.

    June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating but flawed portrait of a fascinating but flawed man. However, with Cox so good, it's a surprise Churchill isn't being held back until awards season.

    June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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