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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Winston Churchill
Virginia McKenna ... Clementine Churchill
Angharad Rees ... Sarah Churchill
Lesley Dunlop ... Mary Churchill
Clive Francis ... Randolph Churchill
Thorley Walters ... Stanley Baldwin
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Neville Chamberlain
Robert Beatty ... Lord Beaverbrook
Michael Elwyn ... Anthony Eden
Ian Bannen ... Adolf Hitler
Robert Hardy ... Joachim von Ribbentrop
John Phillips ... Von Brondorff
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Kurt von Schuschnigg
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Maisky
Ian Ogilvy ... Edward VIII
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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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Genres:

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

Robert Hardy, who plays von Ribbentrop, went on to play Churchill to considerable acclaim in several productions, beginning with Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981). See more »

Quotes

Edward VIII: I, erm, cannot live without her by my side, Winston.
Winston Churchill: Sir, do not abdicate. The Crown is the last shield against evils that have afflicted countries that have given up the idea of monarchy. Think of France. Think of Germany. Think of Spain. The hereditary King of England cannot be allowed to be at the mercy of politicians who trim their doctrines on the varying hour. Your throne is a thousand years old, your sceptre, is our memory.
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Connections

Version of The Gathering Storm (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3
(uncredited)
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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