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Darkest Hour (2017)

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During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

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Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. Written by Focus Features

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Never, never, never surrender. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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22 December 2017 (USA)  »

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Die dunkelste Stunde  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$175,006, 26 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,157,717, 16 January 2018
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Churchill often disappeared from Downing Street or the Cabinet War Rooms and appear somewhere in London to talk to the public and find out what they were thinking, however there is no record of him ever doing this on an Underground train. See more »

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The scene on the Underground was filmed inside a 1959 Tube Stock carriage. See more »

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Winston Churchill: Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you!
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Riveting production despite its pat view of history
12 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

We go to the movies to be gripped by powerful narratives presented with good scripts and moving imagery. This film has all of it, most especially a riveting performance by Gary Oldman.

The subject matter will clearly divide audiences thanks to its pat view of history: UK as the righteous hero and everyone else as inept -- Italians and French losers, Germans the evil fascists, US completely unmentioned, Canada the quiet prairie for monarchs to escape to -- in the still-somewhat- mysterious Dunkirk incident where Hitler could easily have tightened the noose and pushed UK over the edge of what was evidently a crushing defeat, but somehow allowed them the leeway to escape by civilian boats. There's next to no mention of the French army that stood its ground and valiantly sacrificed itself to win a couple of days for the Brits on the beach.

All that said, as a film, this is a gripping narrative with just the kind of insouciant wit you'd expect from Churchill. While movies such as "The Gathering Storm" with Albert Finney were more considered, Darkest Hour is the kind of production that wows awards juries and audiences. Worthy watch when it comes to a theater near you. I feel Nolan's "Dunkirk" would be richer if you saw it *after* Darkest Hour.


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