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DIRECTOR Jonathan Teplitzky
CAST Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell
Brian Cox stars as Winston Churchill, facing his fears of disaster on the eve of the D-Day landings in June 1944.
In the countdown to D-Day in 1944, an exhausted and ailing Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) weighs up the risks of the operation. Remembering the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in 1915, he considers halting the invasion. But the support and strength of his wife, Clementine (Miranda Richardson), challenges the prime minister’s crisis and spurs him on to greatness. A fascinating depiction of a complex, flawed hero at a pivotal moment in history.
(2017 UK 98 mins)
[Brian Cox’s] brilliant performance here isn’t a superficial Churchill impersonation – though the famous brandy-thickened baritone and lugubrious bearing are both impeccably reproduced – but a restlessly smart interrogation of the statesman’s image, and how the man behind it may or may not have measured up. The screenplay, by historian Alex von Tunzelmann, is laced with trainspottery detail – minor items of Churchilliana, such as his preference for a hole punch, nicknamed Klop, over clips and staples are dropped in as character-revealing asides – but it’s also refreshingly unafraid to pick over its subject’s carcass. Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
BBFC advice: Contains mild bad language and scenes of smoking
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