Jonathan Teplitzky (2016)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Allied forces stand on the brink of D-Day in June 1944 and await the go-ahead for Operation Overlord from Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in this straight-shooting drama. However, haunted by his disastrous Gallipoli campaign during the First World War, the iconic British statesman is scared of making a similar mistake leading to mass slaughter. He's exhausted by the war and nearing mental collapse owing to self-obsessed panic about his place in history, so it's up to his unflappable, no-nonsense wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson) to restore his confidence and backbone. Geared around a magnificent performance from Cox who accurately personifies the charismatic politician without resorting to mimicry or make-up, this heartfelt drama skilfully positioned around one man's self-doubt, depression and destiny hits all the right notes. Unfussy and dignified, director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) expertly marshals sharp character humour and narrative sincerity into an engaging history lesson teeming with praiseworthy supporting turns from the likes of John Slattery (as Eisenhower) and James Purefoy (as George VI).


Premiere. Four days before the Second World War invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations about Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalised role in the war effort. Historical drama, starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson and John Slattery.

Cast & Crew

Winston Churchill Brian Cox (1)
Clementine Churchill, "Clemmie" Miranda Richardson
Dwight Eisenhower John Slattery
King George VI James Purefoy
General Montgomery Julian Wadham
Jan Smuts Richard Durden
Helen Garrett Ella Purnell
Field Marshall Alan Brooke Danny Webb
Leigh Mallory Jonathan Aris
Admiral Ramsey George Anton (1)
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Jun 2017