World War II: When Lions Roared
|World War II: When Lions Roared|
UK DVD cover art
|Screenplay by||David Rintels|
|Directed by||Joseph Sargent|
|Music by||John Morris|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Ethel Winant|
|Producer(s)||Bruce M. Kerner|
David W. Rintels
|Production location(s)||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Cinematography||John A. Alonzo|
|Editor(s)||John A. Martinelli|
|Running time||194 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Gideon Productions|
The Kushner-Locke Company
World International Network
|Original release||April 19, 1994|
World War II: When Lions Roared (also known as Then There Were Giants) is a 1994 American war television miniseries, directed by Joseph Sargent, and starring Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins as the three major Allied leaders, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill respectively. It was notable as the first video production to be produced in an early form of analog high-definition video using the Sony HDVS line of equipment expressly for broadcast in the United States on the NBC television network.
The film portrays Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin as they maneuver their countries through several of the major events of World War II - such events include the Blitz, Operation Barbarossa, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Italy, the Tehran Conference, and the Yalta Conference. The Big Three discuss Operation Overlord in Tehran, and the formation of the United Nations and the future of Poland at Yalta. The film concludes with the death of Roosevelt and the end of the war in Europe.
In particular, the focus is on the relationship between the leaders themselves and the large strategic concerns at play, with little scrutiny given to the decisions taking place at a lower level - an example of this is how, despite his personal disdain for communism, Churchill was willing to go to great lengths to aid the Soviet Union in their fight against Nazi Germany.
- Michael Caine as Joseph Stalin
- John Lithgow as Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Bob Hoskins as Winston Churchill
- Ed Begley Jr. as Harry Hopkins
- Jan Triska as Vyacheslav Molotov
- Georgy Zhukov, Soviet defense minister
- Corey Burton as Radio News Announcer
It was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards, including Best Actor for Michael Caine, but only won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries or a Special.
Certain UK home versions used an edited version of the film running at 115 minutes, under the alternate title of Then There Were Giants. The complete film was released on a two-disc DVD set on February 13, 2007.
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