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The Gathering Storm (1974)

The story of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writers:

Winston Churchill (book), Colin Morris (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Winston Churchill
Virginia McKenna ... Clemmie Churchill
Robert Hardy ... Joachim von Ribbentrop
Ian Bannen ... Adolf Hitler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Neville Chamberlain
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Kurt von Schuschnigg
Robert Beatty ... Lord Beaverbrook
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Cook
Lesley Dunlop ... Mary Churchill
Michael Elwyn ... Anthony Eden
Edward Evans ... David Lloyd George
Clive Francis ... Randolph Churchill
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ... Speaker
Verna Harvey ... Junior secretary
John Kane ... Brendan Bracken
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The story of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Gathering Storm (#24.2) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton recalled of Ian Bannen's performance as Adolf Hitler: "The American producers thought he'd gone too far. I didn't think so and said that it was almost impossible to go too far with A. Hitler. They made him tone it down which I still think a shame." See more »

Quotes

Randolph Churchill: [after the Churchills have listened to Edward VIII announce his abdication] Well if you ask me, I call that a ghastly, sentimental speech.
Clemmie Churchill: I'm sorry you think that, Randolph, your father helped him to write it.
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Pedestrian Burton
24 January 2015 | by rmp2-163-744654See all my reviews

Burton gets the speeches but it is another case of him going through the motions for the most part and collecting the fee. By 1974 he had been warned to stop drinking but failed to follow doctor's orders. Alcohol rules all his performances after 1974. If you want to see an actor play Churchill watch Albert Finney in 'The Gathering Storm.' He takes the role seriously. Virginia McKenna is the saving grace of this film and the other supporting actors play their parts well. Burton could have given a defining performance here but as usual in his final years all ambition had long gone. Compare this with his performances in his earlier work and it makes for depressing viewing. Robert Hardy who has played the most Churchill roles on TV has a supporting part here. How he must have cringed during the recording!


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