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Churchill's Secret (2016)

British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (Sir Michael Gambon) suffers from a stroke in the summer of 1953, which is consequently kept a secret from the rest of the world.

Director:

Charles Sturridge

Writers:

Jonathan Smith (based on the novel "The Churchill Secret - KBO" by), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Winston Churchill
Romola Garai ... Nurse Appleyard
Lindsay Duncan ... Clemmie Churchill
Daisy Lewis ... Mary
Matilda Sturridge Matilda Sturridge ... Rosie
Peter Agnelli ... De Gasperi (as Peter Brown)
Patrick Kennedy ... Jock Colville
Christian McKay ... Christopher Soames
Chris Larkin ... Rab Butler
Bill Paterson ... Lord Moran
Ian Mercer ... Sgt Murray
Matthew Marsh ... Lord Beaverbrook
John Standing ... Lord Camrose
James Wilby ... Brendan Bracken
Tara Fitzgerald ... Diana
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Storyline

In June 1953, two years after he was re-elected as Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill (Sir Michael Gambon) collapses following a dinner party at 10 Downing Street. Diagnosed by Dr. Lord Moran (Bill Paterson) as having a stroke, there are fears that he may not survive, and he is taken to his country home Chartwell. Publicly, he is said to be suffering from exhaustion, and the newspaper owners consent to printing the deception. As his children arrive to watch over him, they feud over son Randolph's (Matthew Macfadyen's) drinking and daughter Sarah's (Rachael Stirling's) less than illustrious movie career, while Winston's wife Clemmie (Lindsay Duncan) reflects on the loss of another daughter who died in infancy. The Cabinet is informed of events as Moran brings in plain-spoken Yorkshire nurse Millie Appleyard (Romola Garai) to look after the great man. With her help and his wife's devotion, Churchill survives to address the Conservative Party conference later in the year, before ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Churchill's Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In 1953, Sir Anthony Eden was in the U.S. for a routine gall bladder operation during which a surgeon severed Eden's bile duct. This mistake led to agonizing cholangitis. Three years later, he was admitted to a hospital with a temperature near one hundred six degrees Fahrenheit (forty-one degrees Celsius). See more »

Goofs

Nurse Appleyard has a sailing ticket for the "Rangitoto", a liner of the New Zealand Shipping Company which sailed from London to New Zealand via Panama. The company's ships did not serve Australia and so would hardly be a choice for somebody who was emigrating there. See more »

Quotes

[Winston is giving a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Margate. After faltering, he abandons the rest of his speech, as he had arranged he would do if he got into difficulties, and moves to a rousing finale]
Winston Churchill: One word personally about myself. If I stay on for the time being, bearing the burden at my age, it is not because of love of power or office - I've had an ample share of both. If I stay it is because I have a feeling that I may, through things that have happened, have an ...
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Connections

References Brideshead Revisited (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(uncredited)
Written by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Performed by Michael Gambon
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CHURCHILL (NO SPOILERS)
7 January 2018 | by dishlady69See all my reviews

The cast for this film was amazing. It's hard to have a declared spoiler as we generally know how the story ends from the history books. The movie allows a little glimpse into the internal family conflicts of the most famous Prime Minister in British history. I'll say that not enough explanation is given regarding concerns for Eden, who is barely visible in the film though he was arguably a major rival for the PM and trying to trip up the aging Churchill to make a name for himself. There's another movie that treats this aspect of Churchill's life more thoroughly. This film is more homey.


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