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  • Actors: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, John Mills, Jack Hawkins
  • Directors: Richard Attenborough
  • Producers: Richard Attenborough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G6TCOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Attenborough directs this biopic telling the story of Winston Churchill's early years. Covering the young Churchill's childhood, his time as a war correspondent in India, and his military experience in the Boer War, the film culminates with the future Prime Minister's first speech in the House of Commons. The all-star cast features Simon Ward as Churchill, Anne Bancroft and Robert Shaw as his parents, and Anthony Hopkins as David Lloyd George.

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I first saw this masterpiece at the Odeon (Marketplace), Leicester upon its release in 1972. In addition to an absolute tour-de-force from Simon Ward, it features magnificent performances from Robert Shaw and Anne Bancroft. The film's narrative extends from the great man's first experience of school in the 1880s until the inception of his parliamentary career in 1900. This said, it presents the passing of time in a way that allows us to appreciate Churchill's early life in the light of his later glories and there is a continual interplay with the viewer's intellect. Amongst Richard Attenborough's superb biopics, this one stands very proudly indeed. The five star rating I award for the film's remarkable achievement.....but sadly, not for this DVD edition. The 2006 version with the white cover is NOT the special edition. It omits a short sequence from Churchill's POW escape scene and inexplicably leaves out the original film's final scene - the one in which Churchill falls asleep one afternoon late in life and dreams of a conversation with his long deceased father. I cannot for the life of me understand why these cuts were made and I now realise that this version is the one that is aired on TV from time to time. Accordingly, I have just ordered the German 'Special Edition' from 2007. You can easily recognise it - the case has an extensive black border and the film, an extended running time. That one is definitely the one to go for - and having visited the truly awe inspiring Blenheim Palace just a few days ago, I cannot wait for it to arrive!

AMENDMENT - This review was originally written in May 2009.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2008
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This epic biopic on Winston Churchill's early career is a excellent chance for some quality character acting from, it seems, every actor in Equity but especially from Simon Ward and Anne Bancroft. It is never sentimental about Winston and his glory-seeking but provides a very persuasive argument as to why it occurred. Robert Shaw as Lord Randolph hangs over the last half of the film like an unseen presence. The other unseen presence is our knowledge of just how impressive Winston was to be as a politician; far outlasting the Chamberlain clan, and his prescience in the speech about economy.

History that wears its learning jauntily.
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Don't believe all you read on the Internet !

Regrettably, on the recommendation of Mr John L. "Bird-Brain" I ordered the Der Junge Lowe, Special Edition version of Young Winston, relishing the prospect of viewing the seminal and moving dream sequence finale (which, I recalled from my youth, was so evocatively accompanied by Sir Edward Elgar's Nimrod) where an elderly Churchill, snoozing in the dim autumn light of his study, and his life, is gently quizzed by his late father Randolph on what life's path he had subsequently embarked. After answering that he had left the Army without attaining high rank, his father, with graceful but visible disppointment, wishes him well, leaving Churchill to return to his dreams, quietly chuckling at the absence of any questions that would have revealed his towering exploits in becoming Britain's most eminent Prime Minister and statesman.

I cannot fathom the thought processes by which any film distributor would feel the need to cut this scene from the original. Sheer lunacy.

By the way... thanks John ! Hope you're enjoying the "dream-scene less" version too!
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This Film is really an overview of the major events in the early life of young Winston Churchill. It gives sufficient meat to apprise the viewer of those aspects of his early like which then gave him the basis for his philosophy developed subsequently as he progressed down his pathway to political ascendancy. Having watched the film I had a better appreciation of his family background and the mores that drove his personal perspective in the way he approached his life. It certainly gave the viewer a clearer understanding as to why he was able to take such decisive actions during the height of his political career, especially during his time as war-time Prime Minister.
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This movie is one of the best biopics I have seen I first saw it when I was around 12/13 years old and loved it not only is there a solid and sound performance by Simon Ward but the supporting cast are great,Robert Shaws performance of Churchill's father Lord Randolph almost steals it from ward himself however this version is an edited version to the one I saw as a child as there was a dream sceane at the end whitch is missing from the DVD It would be great if that version could be available so if Amazon could have a word with who ever own's the dvd rights that would be great.
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This story of Winston Churchill's early life and career is an excellent blend of history and adventure, to shed light on the circumstances and events that would create the famous WWII politician. Some DVD versions do not include the whole film, which is reprehensible, but I always star rate a film on its own merits, and berate the DVD realease here in the review, so as not to degrade the reputation of a film by a poor rating. A couple of scenes are omitted, particularly an enlightening final dream sequence, however, this film is impressive in all its DVD versions. The cast is great and the direction engaging. We could do with many more films of this calibre covering the lives of many more of history's colourful characters.
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