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World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 19 April 1994
This TV Movie is about the Tehran Conference between FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. It shows the interaction between the three leaders at the close of the Second World War.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

David W. Rintels (as David Rintels)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Joseph V. Stalin
Bob Hoskins ... Winston Churchill
John Lithgow ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ed Begley Jr. ... Harry Hopkins
Jan Tríska ... Vyacheslav Molotav
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This TV Movie is about the Tehran Conference between FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. It shows the interaction between the three leaders at the close of the Second World War.

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Then There Were Giants See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The script uses a lot of verbatim dialogue taken from transcripts and books, including Sir Winston Churchill's memoirs. See more »

Goofs

Exteriors of Moscow in summer months show bare trees and the characters are wearing heavy coats. The characters also wear heavy coats in Tehran in November, which is a winter month but where temperatures are generally in the high 50s or low 60s (Fahrenheit), See more »

Quotes

Joseph V. Stalin: Experience has taught me to face up to reality, no matter how unpleasant it may be, and to tell the truth.
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Connections

Edited into Then There Were Giants (1994) See more »

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Great performances
2 December 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

This three-hour miniseries is a bit of an acquired taste, so if I warn you of what you're getting into, you'll be in a better position to appreciate it. First of all, it's extremely wordy. David W. Rintels's script is well-researched, but it feels like he's written a play rather than a teleplay. With exception to the real-life war footage that's shown—and that could be projected onto a backdrop onstage—the entire movie feels like a taped live theatrical performance. Secondly, it was written in a very unusual style: the three lead characters are in completely separate environments, but they have conversations with each other in the same scene. For the majority of the film, the screen is split in halves or thirds, showing the characters speaking in a dialogue as if they're in the same room, rather than separate countries. Sometimes it feels a little jarring or strange, but if you imagine you're watching a play and the stage is separated into thirds and lit up in accordance to who's talking, it's much more entertaining. And hats off to the editor, John A. Martinelli, who no doubt had his hands full!

The film starts in 1941, months before Pearl Harbor, and follows the involvements and interactions of Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin through the Tehran Conference in 1943. John Lithgow plays FDR, and while he looks very much like the president, he still sounds like himself. Bob Hoskins, on the other hand, is just the opposite. He doesn't look a thing like Churchill, but if you close your eyes, he sounds exactly like him! With Michael Caine as Joseph Stalin, you get the best of both worlds; not only is his appearance picture-perfect, but he puts on a surprisingly good Russian accent. The performances are very fun to watch, so even if you can't make it through the entire three-hour running time, at least watch a half hour of it to appreciate the acting.


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