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Churchill

Rated Parental Guidance (Language May Offend, Mature Theme, Sexual Content) ~ Runs 98 minutes

Dir.: Jonathan Teplitzky, UK

Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

“Anglophiles and history-loving filmgoers will adore Churchill, an extremely well made film that is the best example of British heroic portraiture since The King's Speech. As that Oscar winner did with King George VI, this biographical portrait seeks to distinguish Prime Minister Winston Churchill the man from the legend. It provides a rare star turn for veteran actor Brian Cox, who can shift from big, bold and showy to quiet, understated and internal in the blink of an eye... Cox looks remarkably similar to Churchill and... creates a consistent and deeply complex character, an impulsive, brilliant, bombastic and frequently drunk statesman/politician. Director Jonathan Teplitzky's film is generous to Churchill as well as critical. It's presented not with the mark of a great historian but of a sound filmmaker. Churchill presents the prime minister's foibles, follies and near catastrophic misjudgments in the final hours before D-Day... We also get a sense of the private Churchill for good and ill. Miranda Richardson is outstanding as his wife, Clementine, shown here as a powerhouse with a limited tolerance for the great man's childish impulses... As he worries about the fates of the soldiers headed into battle on the beaches of France, Churchill laments for boys ‘too young to know how to be afraid.’ The film shows that the bravest man in England had his own fears.” - Colin Covert, The Star-Tribune



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November 19