Churchill: The Hollywood Years

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Churchill: The Hollywood Years
Churchill the hollywood years poster.jpg
UK Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Richardson
Produced by Jonathan Cavendish
Dixie Linder
Ben Swaffer
Steve Christian
Brian Donovan
Nick Hirschkorn
François Ivernel
Cameron McCracken
James Mitchell
Written by Peter Richardson
Pete Richens
Starring Christian Slater
Neve Campbell
Miranda Richardson
Music by Simon Boswell
Rod Melvin
Cinematography Cinders Forshaw
Editing by Geoff Hogg
Duncan Shepherd
John Wilson
Distributed by Pathe Films
Release dates 3 December 2004 (2004-12-03) (UK)
Running time 84 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £148,326

Churchill: The Hollywood Years is a 2004 film, directed by Peter Richardson. It stars Christian Slater as Winston Churchill, and Neve Campbell as Elizabeth II. Miranda Richardson and Antony Sher also star.

The film is a satire on the Hollywood take on history, such as U-571 (portraying the capture of an Enigma machine as being by the Americans rather than the Polish and later British) and Pearl Harbor (where American participation in the Battle of Britain was exaggerated).

Plot[edit]

In this irreverent parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors. Adolf Hitler moves into Buckingham Palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A US Army officer claims the cigar-smoking iconic PM was an actor, Ray Bubbles, impersonating his own father, USMC lieutenant Winston Churchill, a genius spy who stole an enigma code machine and almost single-handedly won a very alternative battle for Britain

Production[edit]

It was filmed between 24 March and 12 May 2003. Mainly filmed at the Royal William Yard, Stonehouse, Plymouth

Oldway Mansion is in Paignton, Devon and was the home of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine magnate

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Cast[edit]

Historical characters[edit]

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Reception[edit]

Phillip French writing in The Observer called the film "a hit and miss affair"[1] Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian gave it three stars and said "It's wildly uneven and very broad, but there are some laughs in Peter Richardson's Comic Strip fantasy of Churchill's real life as a kickass action hero."[2] However Nev Peirce on the BBC's website panned the film, saying "Sadly, Peter Richardson suffers the fate of many satirists; in trying to mock bad movies, he's simply made a bad movie"[3] The film grossed only £148,326 on its opening weekend across 170 screens in the UK[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ French, Philip (5 December 2004). "We'll fight them on Sunset Boulevard...". The Observer. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (3 December 2004). "Churchill:The Hollywood Years". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Nev. "Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)". BBCi Films, 02 December 2004. BBC. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Churchill: The Hollywood Years". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 

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