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Young Winston

Young Winston

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Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft


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This historical drama is an account of the early life of Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.


This historical drama is an account of the early life of Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Winston Churchill grows up in this award-winning 1972 David Attenborough film featuring guns, oratory, and family discord. Based on Churchill's memoirs, the motion picture toggles between the triumphs and failures of Churchill as a soldier, son, student, and citizen. As a boy, Winston is a disappointing idler in the eyes of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, and his teachers at Harrow. But the film is ambiguous in imputing blame for Winston's faults. On the one hand, Lord Randolph neglects and at times tyrannizes Winston at home; on the other, his teachers at Harrow maltreat and dispirit him. The film is clear on one point, though: After graduating high in his class from Sandhurst, young Winston is a glory-seeker while serving as a military officer and war correspondent in India, the Sudan, and South Africa. Always thinking ahead to a career in politics, he braves enemy fire time and again to earn medals and the adulation of newspaper readers. Simon Ward is superb as the young adult Churchill, doubling as actor and narrator and effectively mimicking Churchill's quirks and resounding oratory after winning electing to Parliament. Remarkably, Russell Lewis, who portrays Churchill as a boy, is the mirror image of Ward -- and he also performs with distinction. The rest of the cast also performs brilliantly: Robert Shaw as the august Lord Randolph, who becomes leader of the House of Commons and Chancellor of the Exchequer at age 37, then contracts a debilitating illness; Anne Bancroft as Churchill's doting but ineffectual American mother, Jenny; John Mills as Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, conqueror of the Sudan; and Robert Hardy as the stern Harrow headmaster. Some of Britain's best actors appear briefly in minor roles, including Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Hawthorne, Ian Holm, and Laurence Naismith. All in all, Young Winston is a wonderful motion picture, featuring well staged battle scenes -- familial as well as military -- and a daring escape by Winston during the Boer uprising in South Africa. History teachers will find the film an excellent medium for introducing their students to one of the 20th century's most esteemed and colorful leaders.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Ward Winston
Robert Shaw Lord Randolph Churchill
Anne Bancroft Lady Randolph Churchill
Jack Hawkins Dr. James Welldon
John Mills Gen. Herbert Kitchener
Ian Holm George E. Buckle
Michael Audreson Winston, Age 13
Robert Lankesheer Sympathetic MP
Anthony Hopkins Lloyd George
Patrick Magee Gen. Bindon Blood
Richard Beale Actor
Peter Cellier Capt. 35th Sikhs
Norman Gay Sir Charles Dilke
Willoughby Gray Bit/Deleted from Print
Robert Harris Speaker Gully
Nigel Hawthorne Sentry
Ronald Hines Adjutant 35th Sikhs
Raymond Mason Man in Theater Gallery
Dino Shafeek Sikh Soldier
Russell Lewis Winston, as a child
Reginald Marsh Prince of Wales
Pippa Steele Clementine Hozier
Raymond Huntley Elderly Officer
Pat Heywood Mrs. Everest
Laurence Naismith Lord Salisbury
William Dexter Arthur Balfour
Basil Dignam Joseph Chamberlain
Robert Hardy Prep School Headmaster
Edward Burnham Labouchere
John Stuart Peel
Colin Blakely Butcher
Noel Davis Interviewer
Richard Leech Mr. Moore
Clive Morton Dr. Roose
Robert Flemyng Dr. Buzzard
Jeremy Child Austen Chamberlain
Dinsdale Landen Capt. Weaver
Julian Holloway Capt. Baker
Thorley Walters Maj. Finn
Patrick Holt Col. Martin
Norman Bird Party Chairman
Edward Woodward Capt. Haldane
Gerald Sim Engineer
Ron Pember Fireman
James Cosmo Officer On Train
Andrew Faulds Mounted Boer
Maurice Roeves Brockie
James Cossins Barnsby
John Woodvine Howard
Norman Rossington Dewsnap
George Mikell Field Cornet
Brenda Cowling Mrs. Dewsnap
Norman Harris Sir Charles Dilke
Sanders Watney Sir Winston Churchill
Jane Seymour Pamela Plowden

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director,Producer
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Don Ashton Production Designer
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
William P. Cartlidge Asst. Director
Kevin Connor Editor
Geoffrey Drake Production Designer
Carl Foreman Producer,Screenwriter
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
John Graysmark Production Designer
Tom Howard Special Effects
William Hutchinson Art Director
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter James Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Ralston Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
John Richardson Special Effects
Charles Staffell Special Effects
John Stoll Production Designer
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer

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