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The Gathering Storm (2002)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 4, 2003

Budget $12,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country UK, USA

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• The Gathering Storm
• The Lonely War (2002)

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Genre: Drama, World War II, Political, Period Piece, Biography, Marriage

Tagline: Germany was arming itself for war. But they didn't count on one man.

Plot: In Great Britain, in the mid-1930s, 60-year-old Winston Churchill is wrestling with a multitude of private and public demons. Privately, his family's fortune has been severely depleted by the stock market crash. Publicly, the man who was once the most dynamic Member of Parliament, with a gift of oratory that kept the House of Commons buzzing, is now seen as an over-the-hill, out-of-touch blowhard.

But the aging statesman stubbornly refuses to fade away. Winston continues to speak his mind, impervious to criticism and refusing to toe the party line. In the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Winston sees a new threat to the security of Europe and Great Britain. But like an overwhelming majority of his countrymen, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin is loathe to do anything that might lead to another Great War, and Winston's warnings go unheeded.

Then, one of Winston's political allies shows him a top-secret report that Hitler is ordering owners of civilian aircraft to register with the Air Ministry. Winston immediately recognizes that this could be what he needs to persuade his critics to take the German leader seriously. As more secret foreign-policy documents are smuggled to him, Winston reveals the increasingly unsettling information in speeches before Parliament. He finally

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 Directed by
Richard Loncraine
Wimbledon, Firewall, Richard III
 Written by
Hugh Whitemore
Jane Eyre, My House in Umbria, All Creatures Great and Small
Albert Finney
Traffic, Big Fish, Ocean's Twelve
Vanessa Redgrave
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Jim Broadbent
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Linus Roache
Batman Begins, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Forgotten
Lena Headey
The Brothers Grimm, The Cave, Gossip
Derek Jacobi
Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution, Henry V
Tom Wilkinson
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love
 Music By
Howard Goodall
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