Darkest Hour | Denver Film Society | Joe Wright | United Kingdom

Darkest Hour

Joe Wright

EnglishUnited Kingdom2017114 min


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Gary Oldman stars in director Joe Wright's thrilling fictionalized account of Winston Churchill's first weeks in office during the early days of the Second World War. Anthony McCarten's original screenplay takes a revelatory look at the man behind the icon.

A witty and brilliant statesman, Churchill is a stalwart member of Parliament but, at age 65, an unlikely candidate for Prime Minister; however, the situation in Europe is desperate. With Allied nations continuing to fall against Nazi troops and the entire British army stranded in France, Churchill is named to the position with urgency on May 10, 1940.

As the threat of invasion of the UK by Hitler's forces looms and 300,000 British soldiers are cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds that his own party is plotting against him and that King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) doubts his new Prime Minister can rise to the challenge. He is confronted with the ultimate choice: negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and save the British people at a terrible cost or fight on against incredible odds.

Churchill looks to the British people to inspire him to stand firm and fight for his nation's ideals and freedom. In turn, he must put his power with words to the ultimate test, and—with the support of Clemmie, his wife of 31 years (Kristin Scott Thomas), and his tireless secretary (Lily James)—write and deliver speeches that will rally a nation. As Winston withstands his own darkest hour, he attempts to change the course of world history forever.

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Producer: Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski | Editor: Valerio Bonelli | Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel | Screenwriter: Anthony McCarten
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas

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