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Churchill: The Hollywood Years [DVD] [2004]

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  • Actors: Miranda Richardson, Antony Sher, Christian Slater, Harry Enfield, Simon Rake
  • Directors: Peter Richardson
  • Writers: Harry Enfield, Peter Richardson, John Sessions, Marcel Theroux, Pete Richens
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZXN3A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,462 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Christian Slater and Neve Campbell star alongside British comedians Harry Enfield, Rik Mayall, Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, Mackenzie Crook, Ronni Ancona and Sally Phillips in this comedy spoof about Winston Churchill. American movie moguls are producing a movie about World War II. Following the first day of shooting, an ambitious executive discovers that their 'lead' is an old guy with a cigar, so they decide to replace him with a far more sellable leading man: the star of their most recent film - the tactfully entitled 'PUMP!' Anthony Sher and Miranda Richardson make an appearance as Adolf Hitler and his fated lover, Eva Braun.

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beedo Sookcool on 1 May 2008
Format: DVD
Frankly, I am mystified by the rancor this movie has generated! I have to admit that I was somewhat sceptical when I first heard of this film. But now that I own it, I will recommend it to all and sundry. It's a hilarious send-up of Hollywood's quasi-Roman tendency to rewrite history however they see fit and steal everyone else's best gods and heroes and to make them all born in the U.S. of A., while making all of the villains English. The glaring anachronisms, the stupid historical rewrites, the blatantly jingoistic viewpoint -- in effect, the Hollywoodization -- of the Churchill story make this a very good comedy for those who are familiar with (and sick of) the Lowest Common Denominator Hollywoodized Pseudo-Historical Action BioPic genre. It's mostly Mel Gibson's fault.

History buffs, war-film buffs, and anyone who remembers World War II from firsthand experience will get the most laugh value out of it, though anyone with an anti-Hollywood leaning (which, considering the way we're portrayed, should rightfully be about 99.97% of all English people) should find it funny as well. I thought there were a couple of moments of Doubled-Over-With-Pain-And-Lack-Of-Breath Laughter, but for the most part, I found myself in a fairly steady Hearty Chuckle Mode, with the occasional spike of the odd Spirited Guffaw. I've never been a HUGE fan of either Christian Slater or Neve Campbell (I enjoyed their performances in the movies of theirs that I've seen, but most of the films they're in simply aren't the kind of films I usually watch anyway), but they are both excellent in this movie . . . as are the entire rest of the impressive and talented cast.

I have just two criticisms for the DVD itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Currie on 6 Aug. 2013
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This film is sadly dated, even though it's less than 10 years old, I think partly because many of the "stars" are transient, having often burst at their brightest in the mid to late nineties, and featuring John Culshaw's invariably rubbish impression of Tony Blair dates things even more.

The premise is extremely funny, but doesn't sustain the film in the face of disappointing performances from several of the "stars", and Neve Campbell in particular. That said, Christian Slater revels in his vision of what Winston Churchill SHOULD have been like. There is a weakness in an (American?) assumption that the flaws of the likes of Messrs Churchill and Blair, are unseen by people in the UK, which means that some great opportunities for jokes at their expense have been missed in favour of a more deferential treatment.

With a bit more edge, this could have been an all time classic, but it ends up being a bit like an extended Comic Strip Presents with Christian Slater and Neve Campbell in the lead roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 July 2013
Format: DVD
I have no idea why people are getting so serious about this film. It is the funniest thing I have seen for ages. A complete rewrite of history, loads of historical errors (Christian Slater with an M16), but it was just silly!
An example of the silliness: Cockeney Irish Londoners living on Dick Van Dyke Lane, talking with a similar accent to his (van dyke's) Mary Poppins accent. Completely silly and very funny.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Witchalls on 2 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I think a lot of the reviewers of this film have completely missed the point. This is a surrealist, bizarre comedy that was in no way meant to be taken literally or to re-write history. I think the film-makers had enough respect for the intelligence of the viewing public to believe that they would take the film for what it was and not misinterpret the intentions of the movie and take offence! I find it insulting that so many reviewers make the point about this film being historically inaccurate and replacing the hero with an American for some other reason other than to take the mickey out of stereotypical American sensitivities whereby they like to believe that they were actually responsible for all the great achievements of history! This film is doing exactly the opposite of what it is these people are objecting to!

Also I haven't checked this out, but I seem to remember when the film came out it was promoted as a British made film, Christian Slater was on Jonathon Ross's show and that's certainly the impression I got. If this is the case then it more than proves my point about the intentions of the movie.

Anyway, all in all it is a hilariously silly film, really daft and unbelievable storyline and outrageously over the top characters - anyone with a sense of humour should be able to suspend their disbelief for 90 minutes and just enjoy it for the glorious farce that it is!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2007
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It is Miranda Richardson herself, in an interview about this film, who postulated that it was a cross between Mel Brooks and an Ealing comedy. And to some extent she is right. It's not as bad as some of the critics have described, but you must remember also that, as Ben Walters wrote in the 'Sight & Sound' magazine review, this is meant to be a bad film.

It does have a number of funny moments and characters - Miranda herself as a bored Eva Braun, Anthony Sher as a socially-uncomfortable Hitler, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as camp royal servants, and Harry Enfield as a parsimonious and small-minded George VI. And if you buy it cheap, you cannot complain about wasting money.

The extras are quite worthless, though, even the commentary by Christian Slater and Peter Richardson. But at least you learn therein that the movie was not filmed mainly in the Isle of Man as the credits state (something to do with funding by the Isle's film company perchance?), but was actually shot mostly in Devon - Brixham, Buckfastleigh (Dart Valley Railway), Dartmouth, Paignton, Plymouth & Powderham.

So long as you watch this film in the spirit in which it was made, you won't be disappointed. It kept us entertained for an hour and a half, and will do so again.
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