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This historical drama from director Joe Wright focuses on the trials of Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) soon after he becomes prime minister of the U.K. in 1940. With Nazi armies rolling through Europe, Churchill must figure out how to rally the nation to action while many of his contemporaries advocate peace talks with Hitler.

Product Details

Barcode
6009709161030
Department
Movies & TV
Released
8 Jun 2018
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
2017
Language
English
Subtitles
English SDH
Subtitle 2
Danish
Subtitle 3
Spanish
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Studio
Universal Pictures
Extras
  • Into Darkest Hour
  • Gary Oldman: Becoming Churchill
Runtime
122 min
Age Restriction
10-12PGDL
Trailer
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Darkest Hour
Release Year
2017
Running Time
125 min
Language
English
Categories
Action/Adventure / Big Battles / Historical / Political / War
Synopsis
This historical drama from director Joe Wright focuses on the trials of Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) soon after he becomes prime minister of the U.K. in 1940. With Nazi armies rolling through Europe, Churchill must figure out how to rally the nation to action while many of his contemporaries advocate peace talks with Hitler. Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn co-star.
Cast & Crew
Director
Joe Wright
Star
Gary Oldman / Stephen Dillane / Lily James / Ronald Pickup / Kristin Scott Thomas
Co-Star
Mary Antony / Joe Armstrong / David Bamber / Philip Martin Brown / Demetri Goritsas / Nicholas Jones / Paul Leonard / Richard Lumsden / Eric MacLennan / Hilton McRae / Ben Mendelsohn / Bethany Muir / Adrian Rawlings / David Schofield / Malcolm Storry / David Strathairn / Jordan S. Waller / Samuel West / Benjamin Whitrow
Screenwriter
Anthony McCarten
Composer
Dario Marianelli
Director of Photography
Bruno Delbonnel
Assistant Director
Dan Channing-Williams
Post-Production Supervisor
Tim Grover
Production Manager/UPM
Jo Wallett
Camera Operator
Des Whelan
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"Wright’s staging is often eye-catching, guaranteeing that the film remains unflaggingly watchable..." -- Grade: B-
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (21 Nov 2017, )
Chicago Sun-Times
"[W]ithin the first minute or so, we forget it’s Oldman and we marvel at one of the most authentic and memorable portrayals of Churchill in the long, the very long history of television series and movies about arguably England’s most important 20th century figure."
Richard Roeper (6 Dec 2017, )
Empire
4 stars out of 5-- "It is truly a gift of a role, and Oldman repays Wright with the performance of a lifetime."
Dan Jolin (1 Dec 2017, )
Hollywood Reporter
"McCarten’s scene writing is tart and efficient, and Wright infuses the drama with unquestioned energy."
Todd McCarthy (1 Sep 2017, )
New York Times
"Gary Oldman, aided by diligent makeup artists and propelled by his own unmatched craft and discipline, embraces the task with almost palpable delight."
A. O. Scott (21 Nov 2017, )
RogerEbert.com
4 stars out of 5 -- "While Gary Oldman’s phenomenal work as Winston Churchill had been heralded in advance, it is astonishingly equaled by the film’s achievements in direction, screenwriting, score and cinematography."
Godfrey Cheshire (22 Nov 2017, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet -- and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in DARKEST HOUR, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940..."
Peter Travers (22 Nov 2017, )
The Atlantic
"Were DARKEST HOUR just a symphony of World War II nostalgia, it’d probably still be a good watch. But because the film makes the effort to go deeper, it becomes something much more memorable."
David Sims (27 Nov 2017, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he thunderous energy of Oldman’s performance, backed up by Wright’s sinewy camerawork, carries it through."
Philip Kemp (8 Jan 2016, )
USA Today
"About 10 minutes into DARKEST HOUR, you forget Gary Oldman’s playing Winston Churchill in a gripping World War II drama. Gone is the vaunted British actor -- all that’s left is the stocky frame, large jowls and signature cigar of a political force of nature."
Brian Truitt (17 Nov 2017, )
Variety
"[This] stunningly cinematic history lesson balances the great orator’s public triumphs with more vulnerable private moments of self-doubt..."
Peter Debruge (2 Sep 2017, )

Customer Reviews

Gary Oldman is amazing!

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Having grown up and spent many years watching many "war movies" based on WW2 with lots of action elements in them - this was actually surprisingly interesting and completely different. Seen from the point of view of the leaders back home and not sitting on the front lines - Winston Churchill (played by Oscar Winner Gary Oldman) is not the first choice of the British parliament, nor even the king, when they are on the brink of war with Germany. As fate would have it, he is eventually chosen to lead his nation against the Nazi threat, and we the viewer get to see just how much he had to put up with. An action romp this is not, but a lot of drama and political intrigue will keep you glued to your screen until that final closing speech "We shall fight on the beaches".