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Young Winston

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 1972
  • Richard Attenborough
  • 146 mins
  • PG

Summary

Biographical drama starring Simon Ward, Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft. As a young officer in India, Winston Churchill is already determined to make his mark. He takes up the position of war correspondent, and a native uprising soon provides him with the opportunity to express his outspoken views.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Tom Brown's Schooldays meets The Four Feathers in Richard Attenborough's lavishly mounted but often lifeless account of Winston Churchill's early years. Stodgily scripted by producer Carl Foreman, it follows Churchill's progress from school at Harrow to the Boer War to his first major parliamentary speech as MP for Oldham. Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft are excellent as Churchill's parents, and there's an impressive array of British talent in support, including Anthony Hopkins as Lloyd George. Meanwhile, in the title role, young Simon Ward gives a creditable performance as the budding British bulldog. Morocco stands in for all places exotic, while Blenheim plays itself.

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Cast

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Young Winston Churchill / Sir Winston Churchill's voiceSimon Ward
Lord Randolph ChurchillRobert Shaw
Lady Jennie ChurchillAnne Bancroft
General Herbert KitchenerJohn Mills
George BuckleIan Holm
Lloyd GeorgeAnthony Hopkins
General Bindon BloodPatrick Magee
Captain Aylmer HaldaneEdward Woodward
Prep school headmasterRobert Hardy
Winston, aged 13Michael Audreson
Winston, aged 7Russell Lewis
Mr WelldonJack Hawkins
Mrs EverestPat Heywood
Lord SalisburyLaurence Naismith
Arthur BalfourWilliam Dexter
Joseph ChamberlainBasil Dignam
SpeakerRobert Harris
Henry LabouchereEdward Burnham
ButcherColin Blakely
Pamela PlowdenJane Seymour (2)
Daniel DewsnapNorman Rossington

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DirectorRichard Attenborough

Details

Released on
1972-07-21
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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