Churchill: The Hollywood Years

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Churchill: The Hollywood Years
Churchill the hollywood years poster.jpg
UK Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Richardson
Produced by Jonathan Cavendish
Written by Peter Richardson
Pete Richens
Starring Christian Slater
Neve Campbell
Miranda Richardson
Music by Simon Boswell
Rod Melvin
Cinematography Cinders Forshaw
Edited by Geoff Hogg
Duncan Shepherd
John Wilson
Distributed by Pathe Films
Release date
  • 3 December 2004 (2004-12-03) (UK)
Running time
84 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £148,326

Churchill: The Hollywood Years is a 2004 British film, directed by Peter Richardson. It stars Christian Slater as Winston Churchill, and Neve Campbell as Elizabeth II. Miranda Richardson and Antony Sher also co-star.

The film is a satire on the Hollywood take on history, such as U-571 (portraying the capture of an Enigma machine as being by the Americans rather than the British) and Pearl Harbor (where American participation in the Battle of Britain was exaggerated).

Plot

In this parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and traitors. Adolf Hitler moves into Buckingham Palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A U.S. Army officer claims the iconic cigar-smoking PM was an actor named Roy Bubbles; however, he was actually USMC lieutenant Winston Churchill who had stolen an enigma code machine and then almost single-handedly won a very alternative battle for Britain.

Production

It was filmed between 24 March and 12 May 2003. Mainly filmed at the Royal William Yard, Stonehouse, Plymouth

Cultural references

Cast

Historical characters

Other

Reception

Phillip French writing in The Observer called the film "a hit and miss affair".[1] Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian gave it three stars and said "It's wildly uneven and very broad, but there are some laughs in Peter Richardson's Comic Strip fantasy of Churchill's real life as a kickass action hero".[2] However, Nev Peirce on the BBC's website panned the film, saying "Sadly, Peter Richardson suffers the fate of many satirists; in trying to mock bad movies, he's simply made a bad movie".[3] The film grossed only £148,326 on its opening weekend across 170 screens in the UK.[4]

References

  1. ^ French, Philip (5 December 2004). "We'll fight them on Sunset Boulevard.." The Observer. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (3 December 2004). "Churchill:The Hollywood Years". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Nev. "Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)". BBCi Films, 02 December 2004. BBC. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Churchill: The Hollywood Years". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 

External links

  • Peter Richardson TV
  • Churchill: The Hollywood Years on IMDb
  • Churchill: The Hollywood Years at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Review - The Observer
  • Review - The Guardian
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