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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:
... Winston Churchill
... Clemmie
... King George VI
... Elizabeth Layton
... Neville Chamberlain
... Viscount Halifax
... Sir John Simon
... Sir Anthony Eden
... Clement Atlee
... General Ismay
... General Ironside
Hilton McRae ... Arthur Greenwood
... Sir Samuel Hoare
... John Evans
... Air Chief Marshall Dowding (as Adrian Rawlings)
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Storyline

During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's awesomely 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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With the world at war, one man took a stand that changed history. See more »


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

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Darkest Hour  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,006, 26 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,443,120, 1 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,843,120, 1 April 2018
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Ivana Primorac and her team won the BAFTA for Best Makeup on Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in this film. Coincidentally, she had earlier overseen John Lithgow's spectacular facial transformation for his role as Churchill in the acclaimed TV series The Crown (2016). See more »

Goofs

The House of Commons scenes show 'prayer cards' on the Front Benches. Members of the Government and Shadow Front Bench Spokesman never have to use these. See more »

Quotes

Winston Churchill: There is no doubt that if we falter at all in the leading of the nation we should all be hurled out of office.
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At the end of the credits, a series of bells are tolling. See more »

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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 8 January 2018 (2018) See more »

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Almost history
11 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

As a film this is quite good; it's not dull, the performances are good, the production design is excellent, the script is a professional piece of work and even Oldman's make-up is not too distracting.

However, something is not right. If most people get their history from movies, this is concerning. It's obvious that actual events occurred with real people and what they did and said but in a movie this gets pasteurized into what smart people believe will be more thrilling, more sympathetic, more emotional. That process necessarily alters things into something that is even anachronistically rendered and therefore not in the record.

This defect occurs frequently in this movie , so it's not history but myth making. A good example is Churchill's dive into the Underground to meet the common person to steel his resolve. Now Churchill had a mixed view of the average voter, and he was a patrician, but even that aside, he did not need to take a Tube train survey to gauge opinion.

This scene is poached from Shakespeare's Henry V where the king goes among his soldiers the night before battle to hear them and take courage from their strength. Steal from the best is a good policy, but it's not history. It's Shakespearean history and that trades effect for accuracy too.

The audience is given this scene to present Churchill as an instrument of democracy; he's acting for what the people want, therefore he's doing the right thing. It's called pandering.

Well, it is just a movie.


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