Runtime: 98 minutes
Rated 14A: coarse language, mild sexual references
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery
Synopsis: Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister (Cox) in the days leading up to D-Day. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Eisenhower (Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, “Clemmie” halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.
Driven by a robust, screen-filling performance from Brian Cox, who not only captures the voice and mannerisms of Churchill, but also the distinctive silhouette. -Screen International
Kudos to Teplitzky for showing Churchill not just in his familiar heroic light as a great statesman, but also as a needy, thin-skinned, tantrum-throwing baby. Certain world leaders could learn valuable lessons from this film. -Hollywood Reporter