Darkest Hour

January 16th, 2018


Darkest Hour

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 5.7/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Joe Wright

Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Lily James - Elizabeth Layton
Gary Oldman - Winston Churchill
Ben Mendelsohn - King George VI
Kristin Scott Thomas - Clementine Churchill
Stephen Dillane - Viscount Halifax
Samuel West - Sir Anthony Eden
Hannah Steele - Abigail Walker
Ronald Pickup - Neville Chamberlain
Richard Lumsden - General Ismay
Jordan Waller - Randolph Churchill
Anna Burnett - Pamela Churchill
Nicholas Jones - Sir John Simon
Charley Palmer Rothwell - Miles Aldridge
Brian Pettifer -
Philip Martin Brown - Sawyers

Taglines: Never give up. Never give in.


Official Website: Official Site

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Bicester Aerodrome, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK

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Did You Know?

Sir John Hurt died during the filming of the film. Hurt was supposed to be in the film portraying Neville Chamberlain, but Gary Oldman said in an interview, that because of how sick he was, and that he never made it to a reading, Hurt never filmed a scene, as he was being treated for cancer, which later took his life, as filming was going on. The film will still be dedicated to Hurt, as it was his final project, with which he was involved. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

I'm sure I am not alone in having seen everything ever filmed about the man.

But this is nothing like I have seen before. He is so funny.

We see his ability to make jokes like never before and there is more here than just dry sarcastic references.

He keeps us in stitches. He must have told 25 jokes.

This film starts in the days when Chamberlain knows he cannot continue as prime minister, alongside the crippling uncertainty of his cabinet meetings, and through to when the entire country, as a result of his speeches, stands firmly behind Churchill as war leader.

What surprised me the most was how large a role the opposition party played in Churchill's rise to power.

Excellent supporting cast from those distinguished actors we have seen in many BBC productions and "Game of Thrones".

Ben Mendelsohn's portrayal of King George VI was stunningly well done.

A real delight at Tiff - too bad no Q&A for my screening.


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