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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).
Cast & Crew
Brian Cox (1)
Clementine Churchill, "Clemmie"
King George VI
Field Marshall Alan Brooke
George Anton (1)
DVD and Blu-ray
16 Jun 2017
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