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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

DVD - 2018
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During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Call Number: DVD F DARK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 5 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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SFPL_StaffPicks Jan 23, 2018

2018 Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor, Gary Oldman (winner); Best Cinematography, Bruno Delbonnel; Best Costume Design; Best Makeup, Kazuiro Tsuji, Lucy Sibbick (winners); Best Production Design, Katie Spencer, Sarah Greenwood

Nominated Best actor in a Motion Picture Drama, Gary Oldman (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Gary Oldman (winner)

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Jun 03, 2021

A O Scott's Times review is helpful in my opinion, a big picture view. Someone else said 'presented in all caps' or something to that effect, seems right to me as well.
Lauded for backbone and high moral purpose, but lots of room for plenty of alcohol. Is that really necessary if one is doing one's best to think straight.
But the race is not always to the swift.
After the war he was retired.
George Washington, it has been said, had some doubts about Germans in the United States. Churchill perhaps was instrumental in bringing the US in. I wonder how much Hitler had thought about that.
England went it alone again recently. Tight little island.

May 01, 2021

The transformation of gary oldman was incredible. Decent movie a little bit too humorous for my liking needed to be little bit more intensedy.

Apr 20, 2021

90th Academy Awards (2018)
Best Actor: Gary Oldman
Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Best Picture
Best Production Design
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design

VaughanPLDavidB Aug 29, 2020

Films of this type are few and far between these days: those that are unabashedly admiring of a great man. It is currently fashionable to focus on the flaws of our heroes and to tear them down in our minds and in our eyes. Churchill was an unpleasant man in many ways, but all he did was lead a country that stood alone in Europe against Hitler while state after state was either overwhelmed or else capitulated. This film doesn't shy away from his flaws, but instead shows us how Churchill overcame or else integrated them in order to succeed. I say unreservedly that he was a hero, flawed to be sure, but a hero nonetheless, for without flawed heroes, we would have no heroes at all.

Aug 16, 2020

Although Gary Oldman has delivered a performance worthy of an Oscar, some part of the plot seems ill-contrived to make Churchill greater than the real one. For example, he talks with ordinary citizens in the subway train and remembers all names of those people. I just can't believe this at all. If the real Churchill had really worked for the British people, he would NOT have lost the election after the war. In any case, Gary Oldman shows what great leadership could do during the darkest hour, which makes this movie great for the corrupt politicians as well as Donald Trump.

Jul 31, 2020

Joe Wright’s impressive piece of historical revisionism, covering one crucial month in the life of Winston Churchill, was met with criticism upon its release by those who felt the Prime Minister’s role in mobilizing Britain was exaggerated and those who felt Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston as a morally upright old curmudgeon ignored his track record of imperialism and bigotry. But you can only stuff so much into one month’s time and no one can begrudge Oldman his Best Actor Oscar for that fiery performance which fills the screen from beginning to end. Filled with wide angle views of smokey round tables and a few shots both inspired—an aerial view over a bombarded countryside morphs into the face of a dead child, and insipid—Churchill rides the tube and smiles upon an interracial couple (something the real man is unlikely to have done), Wright’s fanciful epic treads that fine line between inspirational nationalism and blustery propaganda, often stumbling in its zeal to make his rotund protagonist seem larger than life. However, Bruno Delbonnel’s Oscar-nominated cinematography and Anthony McCarten’s script capture both the time and the national zeitgeist, and Oldman wears his pounds of make-up and prosthetics as if he were born into them thereby bringing to life a mesmerizing idea of what Winston Churchill COULD have been. The cast is rounded out by Kristin Scott Thomas as Winston’s wife, Lily James as his beleaguered secretary, and Aussie Ben Mendelsohn as a lisping George VI.

Jul 01, 2020

Excellent film. Great acting.

Feb 07, 2020

It is a great film. Great screenplay. Great acting. Nice camera work.

Feb 02, 2020

amazin. awesome

Oct 16, 2019

Absolutely riveting. Best movie I have seen in a long time. Oldman is bar none the best character actor in Hollywood. An important story told really well about the most stellar hero of the 20th C.

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Jan 20, 2019

Winston Churchill: You can not reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.

Apr 24, 2018

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill.

Apr 24, 2018

"Those who never change their mind, never change anything".

Apr 24, 2018

"My darling, you have the full weight of the world on your shoulders. But these inner battles have actually trained you for this very moment. You are strong, because you are imperfect. You are wise, because you have doubts".

Apr 24, 2018

"At this critical junction for the empire we have a drunkard at the wheel. Wakes with a scotch, bottle of champagne for lunch, another one at dinner. Brandy and port until the wee hours. I would not let him borrow my bicycle".


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