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Darkest Hour (2017)

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In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

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Cast

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 Marshall Dowding (as Adrian Rawlings)
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Storyline

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 the German dictator 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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A man with the heart of a nation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darkest Hour See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,006, 26 November 2017

Gross USA:

$56,443,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,843,120
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film exaggerates the Labour Party's role in Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister. Clement Attlee was prepared to serve in a coalition government led by Viscount Halifax in 1940, and even said that Halifax would make a better leader than Churchill. The film has also been accused by critics, including American writer Adam Gopnik and Adrian Smith, emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Southampton, of downplaying the importance of Attlee in the war cabinet. They pointed out that Attlee and his Labour colleagues were completely opposed to any peace deal with Adolf Hitler in 1940 and their support for Winston Churchill's position on this was vital against Viscount Halifax. See more »

Goofs

While the C-47 Skytrain had it's first flight in 1941, the Douglas Corporation DC-3, upon which the C-47/Dakota was based on first flew 17 December, 1935. The DC-3 was one of, if if not the, most successful twin-engine, propeller-driven airliner of its day. When War 2 began, the British government impressed hundreds of civilian aircraft into service for the duration of the war. Thus, it is probable that a DC-3 in RAF livery would have been extent in the Spring of 1940. See more »

Quotes

King George VI: Well even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Big Ben strikes 2 o'clock. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 5 March 2018 (2018) See more »

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Wonderfully refreshing look at Churchill
25 September 2017 | by michaeljtrubicSee all my reviews

I'm sure I am not alone in having seen everything ever filmed about the man.

But this is nothing like I have seen before. He is so funny.

We see his ability to make jokes like never before and there is more here than just dry sarcastic references.

He keeps us in stitches. He must have told 25 jokes.

This film starts in the days when Chamberlain knows he cannot continue as prime minister, alongside the crippling uncertainty of his cabinet meetings, and through to when the entire country, as a result of his speeches, stands firmly behind Churchill as war leader.

What surprised me the most was how large a role the opposition party played in Churchill's rise to power.

Excellent supporting cast from those distinguished actors we have seen in many BBC productions and "Game of Thrones".

Ben Mendelsohn's portrayal of King George VI was stunningly well done.

A real delight at Tiff - too bad no Q&A for my screening.


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