Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

DVD - 2018
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As Hitler's forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat they've ever seen.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Summary: As Hitler's forces storm across the European landscape and close in on the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill is elected the new Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move, and King George VI skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead his nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat they've ever seen.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 12, 2019

The middle (ominous map of enemy occupancy) & end (Churchill's muse to historical fame - the people) were most interesting for me. Enjoyed the Bonus material. Need a way to portray historical events in a more engaging & entertaining way without rapping.

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2beaberean
Apr 25, 2019

I loved this movie! Unbelievable how Gary Oldman seemed to actually become Winston Churchill. Stellar performance! A trusted source who actually knew Churchill and everything surrounding him says that this movie is marvelously accurate. A must see! If you don't like Churchill, if you don't think he was a great and important man, then you might not care for this movie.

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 16, 2019

Gary Oldman is magnificent as Winston Churchill. He completely disappears into the part and if I didn't already know it was Gary Oldman, I'd never be able to guess. The movie is not a paint-by-numbers biopic, plodding dutifully through the highlights of someone's life, but instead takes place only over about a month or so in 1940, when things were not going well for the allies during World War II and difficult decisions had to be made. Oldman is completely mesmerizing to watch. For me the greatest strength of the film is showing how agonizing and difficult it can be to be the person at the top who has to make the final decisions in terrible times, knowing that people's lives are at stake.

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ScorchingSun
Mar 04, 2019

Wonderfully rousing speeches especially in the subway Underground and outer Cabinet gathering scenes.
Gary Oldman: an example of a rare character actor who is also an A-list star.

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richmole
Jan 31, 2019

IF this movie had been made in, say, 1944, they would have called it "Propaganda." But, it was made in the 2nd decade of the 21st century, so instead, we prefer to call it "revisionist history." (More on this in a moment), but I prefer to call it historical fiction. Because there's a LOT of fiction blended with the history.

More to the point--from a motion picture perspective: does it work? Wow: does it! Oldman received a worthy Oscar (so did those who created his visual appearance) and it packs an emotional punch, especially for anyone whose parents fought in this war, as mine did.

Revisionist? Oh, sure. I knew it the moment I heard Oldman shout the "Will fight them on the beaches..." speech. But Churchill's actual subdued and understated oratory--I've heard the originals many times--doesn't play well today, and regardless of those who say Oldman "captured" Churchill utterings--he doesn't. This is history for the gen X and Y generations, so it's got to be big and bold. Oh, yes, and there has to be what appears to be an African-American in the "tube" train--with an obvious white woman as companion. Ridiculous for the time and place. (South African, maybe, but I doubt even that.)

The message comes through loud and clear, and the fact that we're there to hear it 75 years after the fact makes no difference at all--It's timeless: Stand up to bullies, no matter where they strut: Berlin, Moscow, Riyadh, Istanbul ...or Washington D.C.

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reginator_22
Jan 20, 2019

I thought Gary Oldman was terrific. He carried this movie!

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gates2
Jan 13, 2019

Excellent story about an important English leader, inspiring performances and especially for Churchill. Everything felt just right but there was a time when a young woman and Churchill got into a heated moment with honest talk about loved ones dying that was stellar. Current leaders ought to recognize this was depiction of courage and how it rings true today.

Loved it.

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sjlawr
Dec 27, 2018

Finished about January 30, 2018.

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marinea
Dec 19, 2018

easy available

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richibi
Dec 14, 2018

the transformation of a moment in history into a veritable legend, an extraordinary film, with admirable performances throughout, and production values - the scene in the subway is utterly transcendental, watch for it, the quotation is from Thomas Babington Macaulay's "Horatius"

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reginator_22
Jan 20, 2019

Winston Churchill: You can not reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.

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Lucik32
Apr 24, 2018

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill.

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Lucik32
Apr 24, 2018

"Those who never change their mind, never change anything".

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Lucik32
Apr 24, 2018

"My darling, you have the full weight of the world on your shoulders. But these inner battles have actually trained you for this very moment. You are strong, because you are imperfect. You are wise, because you have doubts".

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Lucik32
Apr 24, 2018

"At this critical junction for the empire we have a drunkard at the wheel. Wakes with a scotch, bottle of champagne for lunch, another one at dinner. Brandy and port until the wee hours. I would not let him borrow my bicycle".

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