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Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)

In this irreverent parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors. Hitler moves into Buckingham palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A US Army... See full summary »

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Peter Richardson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Richardson ... Eva Braun
Antony Sher ... Hitler
Christian Slater ... Winston Churchill
Harry Enfield ... King George VI
Simon Rake Simon Rake ... Reporter 1
James Long James Long ... Reporter 2
James Putnam James Putnam ... Reporter 3 (as James Puttnam)
Bob Mortimer ... Potter
Vic Reeves ... Bendle
Neve Campbell ... Princess Elizabeth
Tom Clarke Hill ... Lieutenant Baker (as Tom Clarke-Hill)
Romany Malco ... Denzil Eisenhower
Jessica Oyelowo ... Princess Margaret
Leslie Phillips ... Lord W'ruff
Nigel Harrison Nigel Harrison ... Jack
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In this irreverent parody, the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors. Hitler moves into Buckingham palace and plans to marry into the Windsors. A US Army officer claims the cigar-smoking iconic PM was an actor, Ray Bubbles, impersonating his own father, USMC lieutenant Winston Churchill, a genius spy who stole an enigma code machine and almost single-handedly won a very alternative battle for Britain. Written by KGF Vissers

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He's got the tool and he'll finish the job. See more »

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Comedy | War

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Trivia

This comedy uses as a running joke the Hitler one testicle gag from a version of "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" lyrics sung to the Colonel Bogey March. It's even seen performed at a London concert much to Hitler's chagrin. The lyrics for the version performed here are: "Hitler has only got one ball, Göring has two but very small, Himmler is somewhat sim'lar, But poor old Goebbel's got no balls at all." Hitler's high-ranking off-siders Goebbels and Göring appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

Just after Lieutenant Baker and Captain Davies have been admitted into the Prime Minister's office, the doors get closed behind them. Next shot, the doors are ajar. Then, in the next shot, the doors are even more open while the camera zooms in. See more »

Quotes

Hitler: [to pet pug dog] Oooh, Waaaffles! Oh, my little Waffles. Little Liebchin, Waffles. My wuffly, puffly, woofly, poofly. Woof, woof, woof. Little Waffles, my little aeroplane. Yes, you are.
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One extra scene and several outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Elgar- Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4
Composed by Edward Elgar
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
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"I Wish I Was American"
7 December 2004 | by BodyDoubleFilmsSee all my reviews

A patchy British send-up of the way Hollywood rewrites history in favour of America.

Although I enjoyed seeing a British film sticking two fingers up to Hollywood, in the end it only, and ironically, serves to demonstrate why Hollywood has won the war in the UK box office. A ramshackle gathering of comical ideas, just about held together around the idea that Churchill wasn't a fat old British aristocrat, but was in fact a young American hero who single-handedly saves England from the Nazis, while falling in love with the future Queen of England.

But too many times the script fell foul of going for the obvious gag, or just swearing for supposed comical effect. And the action sequences were so incompetently done, looking more like something out of an episode of Dad's Army, that they didn't work as a send up of Hollywood action sequences.

Whereas Monty Python had the talents of Terry Gilliam to give their movies style, Peter Richardson is somewhat less than gifted in that department. Some of it looks good, some of it just looks cheap.

Reeves and Mortimer are tedious as usual, and you just get the feeling that most of the Brit comedians who appeared were just here to amuse themselves. This gives a pretty amateurish feel to some scenes.

Still, I laughed and I think its worth seeing, simply because it does show up the absurdity of Hollywood history.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (UK) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$529,546
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1.85 : 1
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