Winston Churchill in the Movies

Winston Churchill was perhaps best known as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. His speeches rallied a country facing the relentless onslaught of Nazi Germany. No one can deny that his leadership helped the Allies defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the life of Winston Churchill.

This two-part series covers Churchill’s life through the lens of 1972’s Young Winston and 2018’s Darkest Hour thanks to the expertise of Churchill’s biographer Dr. Furman Daniel.

Young Winston

Historical Grade: A-

Movie Overview

Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Runtime: 2h 4m
Director: Richard Attenborough
Writers: Carl Foreman, based on Winston Churchill‘s book My Early Life: A Roving Commission
Historical timeline in the movie: 1880s to early 1900s

In the movie

Simon Ward as Winston Churchill

In real life

Winston Churchill in 1900 (age 26)

Darkest Hour

Historical Grade: C-

Movie Overview

Release: 2017
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2h 5m
Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Anthony McCarten
Historical timeline in the movie: May and June, 1940

In the movie

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

In real life

Winston Churchill in 1941 (age 65)

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