Young Winston

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1972

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Director:
Richard Attenborough
Released:
1972
Rating:
PG

Young Winston is a 1972 biographical drama directed by Richard Attenborough and based on Sir Winston Churchill's memoir, My Early Life. As a child, Churchill was discontented and a poor scholar, adoring his glamorous parents, Lord Randolph (Robert Shaw) and Lady Jennie (Anne Bancroft), but kept apart from them whilst they pursued glittering careers. After the death of his father, young Winston campaigns in India and the Sudan and later turns in his sword for a pen and serves as a war correspondent during the Boer War, where he is captured and imprisoned. After a daring escape, the 26-year-old Churchill returns to England and starts his long career in Parliament.

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    Simon Ward

    Simon Ward

    Winston Churchill

    Robert Shaw

    Robert Shaw

    Lord Randolph Churchill

    Anne Bancroft

    Anne Bancroft

    Lady Jenny Churchill

    John Mills

    John Mills

    Kitchener

    Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    Mr. Welldon

    Ian Holm

    Ian Holm

    George E. Buckle

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • It was Sir Winston Churchill's own idea that Carl Foreman be entrusted with a film project about his early life; he had been a great admirer of The Guns Of Navarone, which Foreman scripted and produced. The two men met (in the early 1960s) to discuss the idea, and Foreman felt obliged to mention that he had been an active communist in the 1930s, and was, indeed, living in England chiefly because he had been blacklisted in Hollywood a decade or so earlier. Churchill already knew all about this and said that it was a matter of no importance. Foreman was obliged to postpone the project several times, and it was not until Sir Winston had been dead for some six years that work finally began on the film.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Winston Churchill: It may be that the human race is doomed never to learn from its mistakes. We are the only animals on this globe who periodically set out to slaughter each other for the best, the noblest and the most inescapable of reasons. We know better, but we do it again and again in every generation.

      • The Captain: [first line of film]: Who's the bloody fool on the grey?

    • NOTES (2)

      • Although the film does briefly reveal the long-suppressed fact that Lord Randolph Churchill died of syphilis, it does not mention the second marriage of his widow, even though the event fell well within the time-frame of this film's storyline. Her second husband, Cornwallis West, was younger than her son, and the short-lived marriage was considered rather a scandalous one in polite society.

      • The film proved a major box-office disappointment and, by the time it opened in the US, it had been somewhat shortened. The most serious deletion was the final scene of the film, in which the elderly Winston, near death, has a dream in which he is visited by the ghost of his father - to whom he is unable to disclose any details of his glittering career as a politician and wartime leader. Sir Winston often told people about this dream in his old age, although he does not describe it in My Early Life, the book this film is based on. In this sequence, Winston is played by Sanders Watney - not a professional actor, but a leader-writer on the London Daily Telegraph, whose resemblance to Sir Winston was much noted by his fellow journalists.

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    Drama

    Themes

    Historical, Biography