Churchill: The Hollywood Years
|Churchill: The Hollywood Years|
UK Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Richardson|
|Produced by||Jonathan Cavendish
|Written by||Peter Richardson
|Music by||Simon Boswell
|Editing by||Geoff Hogg
|Distributed by||Pathe Films|
|Release dates||3 December 2004(UK)|
|Running time||84 min.|
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).
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
- The scene between Charoo and the waitress in a station tearoom, and Elizabeth's response on Churchill's arrival there, are parodies of scenes from Brief Encounter, between Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey, and Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, respectively.
- The cab driver and the King mistake Adolf Hitler for Charlie Chaplin, who played a spoof of Hitler in the satirical film The Great Dictator.
- The "Siegfried Line" rap takes its title and (loosely) some of its lyrics from the British wartime song "We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line". The introduction to the song is a reference to Top Gun.
- The song "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" is frequently referenced, including once where it is delivered by Tommy Trinder.
- The presence of "Irish Cockneys" is a reference to the steerage passengers in Titanic.
- Churchill's final exit in a Spitfire references the portrayal of the American contribution to the Battle of Britain early in the film Pearl Harbor.
- Brian Perkins' commentary on Hitler and Elizabeth's wedding is a parody of Richard Dimbleby's hushed radio commentaries of royal events.
- Eva Braun is shown listening to the end of an episode of The Archers, even though it did not start until six years after the war ended.
- Jim Jim Charoo takes his name from a song Dick van Dyke sings in Mary Poppins (he also lives on "Ye Olde Dick Van Dyke Street")
- Christian Slater – Winston Churchill
- Neve Campbell – Princess Elizabeth
- Miranda Richardson – Eva Braun
- Antony Sher – Adolf Hitler
- Harry Enfield – King George VI
- Jessica Oyelowo – Princess Margaret
- Henry Goodman – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Jon Culshaw – Tony Blair
- Romany Malco – Denzil Eisenhower
- David Schneider – Joseph Goebbels
- Phil Cornwell – Martin Bormann
- Steve O'Donnell – Hermann Göring
- John Fabian – Victor Sylvester
- Rik Mayall – Baxter
- Bob Mortimer – Potter
- Vic Reeves – Bendle
- Ashleigh Caldwell – Bette
- Sally Phillips – Waitress
- Steve Pemberton – Chester
- Hamish McColl – Captain Davies (present day)
- Leslie Phillips – Lord W'ruff
- Mackenzie Crook – Jim Jim Charoo
- Brian Perkins – Radio Presenter
- James Dreyfus – Mr. Teasy-Weasy
Phillip French writing in The Observer called the film "a hit and miss affair" 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." 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" The film grossed only £148,326 on its opening weekend across 170 screens in the UK
- French, Philip (5 December 2004). "We'll fight them on Sunset Boulevard...". The Observer. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Bradshaw, Peter (3 December 2004). "Churchill:The Hollywood Years". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Pierce, Nev. "Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)". BBCi Films, 02 December 2004. BBC. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "Churchill: The Hollywood Years". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Peter Richardson TV
- Churchill: The Hollywood Years at the Internet Movie Database
- Review - The Observer
- Review - The Guardian