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Churchill - The Finest Hours [DVD] [1964]


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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Patrick Wymark, George Baker, Faith Brook, David Healy
  • Format: PAL, Mono, Black & White, Digital Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Beckmann Visual Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077285Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is truly one of the most excellent, informative and well done biographical videos that it has been my pleasure to obtain. The narration and soundtrack to it are superb, and the accuracy is very well done as well. I recommend it highly to any fan or student of the life of the Honorable Sir Winston Churchill.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 1 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
"History will be good to Me; for I intend to write it!"; so said Winston Spencer Churchill. In this DVD, the director Peter Baylis does it for him perfectly. Supported spendidly by the music of Ron Grainer; Orson Welles renders forth the awe-inspiring legend of 'Winston'; warrior, painter, statesman, war-leader; a latter day Aetius of the British Empire, hero and saviour of his country!

Peppered throughout with extracts from his magnificent speechs, this 111minute programme begins in Blaydon churchyard, moving from the great man's final resting place there, to his childhood home at Blenheim Palace; then on to his adventures in the Boer War, the Gallipoli campaign and his later combats in Flanders. Next come the political struggles of the twenties and his single handed attempt to warn the world of Nazism's menace.

The main body of the programme covers Churchill's period as wartime Prime Minister and his command of the British Empire's war effort, from the defeats in France through the North African campaign, to D-day and ultimate victory in 1945.

This is the only authorised version of Churchill's war years, made with his full co-operation and blessing. Is it all true? Yes, every word! and it would be churlish to be critical of the enormity of Winston S Churchill's massive influence on the twentieth century.

With the benefit of hindsight, some seventy years later, it is now possible to judge more impartially the result of those awful heroic days of long ago, and the picture is rather less clear. The Empire Winston fought so hard for lasted less than a decade after the guns fell silent. The British Navy he loved is but a shadow of the mighty force he commanded.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maverick on 9 Feb 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I already had the film on VHS, so knew what I was buying. The story of Churchill's life is an amazing one and The Finest Hours covers his wartime premiership superbly. In such a brilliant film, it is disappointing that the commentary includes the awful pronounciation of Marlborough, which should sound like Morlborough and not Marlebrugh, and the statement that Churchill went to The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He did not. He was at Sandhurst but, until 1947, it was The Royal Military College, which was formed in 1800 as the training establishment for cadets wanting to be commissioned into the cavalry, The Brigade of Guards and the infantry. Churchill was commissioned into the 4th Hussars from Sandhurst in 1895. The Royal Military Academy was at Woolwich and was founded in 1741 for those destined for the artillery and engineers. It was only on the amalgamation of the two establishments in 1947 that Sandhurst became The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. A pity that the production team did not check that part of its research. Fortunately, these two distractions are early in the film and are forgotten very quickly in the pace and power of the The Finest Hours. Thoroughly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec 2011
Format: VHS Tape
Very interesting, if somewhat frustratingly limited documentary biography
of Winston Churchill. It's not really the film's fault. It's well made and intelligent.
It's just that Churchill lived such a full and fascinating life, that trying to jam
it all into an under 2 hour film means that much has to be ignored or sped through.

So in most areas we get the condensed version. Only the war years get a little
more detail. But we get almost nothing about Churchill the human being, the husband,
the father.

Huge changes in his political career are handled with a few sentences and a couple of images.

Yet I was never bored, and still ended up knowing much more about both Churchill and Britain
in the war years than when I started.

A worthwhile film that spurred me on to learn more.
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