Focus Features and Joe Wright bring this thrilling and inspiring true story that is based on a crucial chapter in the beginning of World War II. Winston Churchill, soon after becoming the British Prime Minister faces the dilemma to either appease the Nazi Germany or stand against them.
It was a critical time for the Britain, as the Empire stood alone against the Nazis. In fact, just three weeks after taking office, the allied forces led by Britain were surrounded by the German Army, and there was a huge scale evacuation under Operation Dynamo. The upcoming Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK is based on that event.
Nevertheless, Darkest Hour will focus on the daring time the then British Prime Minister Churchill faces in taking a firm stand on the ideals, liberty and freedom of his nation. His speech and radio broadcast inspire British soldiers to fight against the Nazis while the nation stood behind him. This certainly changed the course of the World War II and the course of world history.
In one of his inspiring speeches, Churchill addressed the nation: “… we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” [Source Wikipedia]
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The film stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Oldman is well-known for numerous memorable roles but never received an Oscar. He however got his only Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of George Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” With Darkest Hour, we can hope the long due award for him.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn
Directed By: Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina)
Written By: Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
Releasing on November 22, 2017
Darkest Hours is scheduled for a November 22 release in United States and December 29 release in United Kingdom.