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Young Winston (1972)

Young Winston (1972)



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This historical drama is an account of the early life of Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.

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Simon Ward
as Winston
Robert Shaw
as Lord Randolph Churchill
Anne Bancroft
as Lady Randolph Churchill
Jack Hawkins
as Dr. James Welldon
Peter Cellier
as Captain 35th Sikhs
Ronald Hines
as Adjutant 35th Sikhs
Dino Shafeek
as Sikh Soldier
John Mills
as Gen. Herbert Kitchener
Russell Lewis
as Winston (age 7)
Pat Heywood
as Mrs. Everest
Laurence Naismith
as Lord Salisbury
William Dexter
as Arthur Balfour
Basil Dignam
as Joseph Chamberlain
Robert Hardy
as Prep School Headmaster
Edward Burnham
as Henry Labouchere
John Stuart
as Speaker Viscount Peel
Pippa Steele
as Clementine Hozier
Noel Davis
as Interviewer
Michael Audreson
as Winston (age 13)
Ian Holm
as George Buckle
Richard Leech
as Mr. Moore
Clive Morton
as Dr. Roose
Robert Flemyng
as Dr. Buzzard
Patrick Magee
as Gen. Bindon Blood
Jeremy Child
as Austen Chamberlain
Robert Lankesheer
as Sympathetic MP
Jane Seymour
as Pamela Plowden
Dinsdale Landen
as Capt. Weaver
Julian Holloway
as Capt. Baker
Thorley Walters
as Maj. Finn
Patrick Holt
as Col. Martin
Norman Bird
as Party Chairman
Edward Woodward
as Capt. Haldane
Gerald Sim
as Engineer
Ron Pember
as Fireman
James Cosmo
as Officer On Train
Andrew Faulds
as Mounted Boer
Richard Beale
as Boer Sentry
Nigel Hawthorne
as Boer Sentry
Raymond Mason
as Man in Theater Gallery
Brenda Cowling
as Mrs. Dewsnap
Anthony Hopkins
as David Lloyd George
Pippa Steel
as Clementine Hozier
Norman Harris
as Sir Charles Dilke
Norman Gay
as Sir Charles Dilke
Robert H. Harris
as Speaker Gully
Sanders Watney
as Sir Winston
George Mikell
as Field Cornet
Raymond Huntley
as Bit/Deleted from Print
Willoughby Gray
as Bit/Deleted from Print
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Critic Reviews for Young Winston

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

Since Young Winston attempts to be a kind of vest-pocket spectacle, there are also a couple of the battles in which he fought (a set-to in the Sudan, a Boer skirmish). Attenborough stages them with all the fury of a grade school recess.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Both a brilliant artistic achievement and a fascinating, highly enjoyable film -- a combination not always obtained.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

A frightfully Boering biopic chronicling the adventures of 2nd Lt Winston Churchill.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft, as Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill, are such interesting actors that they could have wrecked the film had it been better: you wish it were about them, not him.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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It is dignified, occasionally exciting, filled with lots of walk-ons so eminent British actors can play eminent British statesmen, and more or less faithful to the facts. But it's nothing more than that.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a betrayal of the sharp principles of Oh! What a Lovely War.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Young Winston


Simon Ward stars as WInston Churchill in this sympathetic historical account of his early years up to the time of his election to Parliament and his temporary break with the Tories. It successfully details his strained relationship with his father, his doting of his American born mother, his difficulties in adjusting to English boarding school life and his time in the army as a war correspondent during the Boer War. The film culminates with Churchill's famous speech before the House of Commons denouncing his government's defense policy, which many believed would end his career in politics. Mr. Ward's acting has first rate even if his characterization of Churchill's speech and mannerisms was not the best on film. Moreover, the use of an off scene news correspondent conducting separate one-on-one interviews with Lord Randolph Churchill, Lady Jennie Churchhill, and Winston was helpful in providing the viewer with biographical information and historical context, but came off with the appearance of an Oprah Winfrey interview.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

This is a strange epic biopic, in that it respects the subject, but also revels in the ironic touch. While not a great film, in part due to some spotty narration, I enjoyed its depth and willingness to treat its subject in an unheroic, but admirable way. As usual, Robert Shaw was excellent and Jack Hawkins is good even when he doesn't have a line of dialogue.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

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