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The Gathering Storm (2002)




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Today, Winston Churchill is regarded as one of the great leaders of his time, and a hero for helping to guide Great Britain through the crises of World War II. But in the 1930s, Churchill's place in history hardly seemed assured; his early warnings against the growing threat of the Third Reich were taken seriously by few of his contemporaries, and he suffered through a variety of personal, professional, and economic setbacks before German attacks on England gave credence to his theories about Hitler's desire to overtake Europe, and gave Churchill the opportunity to rise to the greatness that was his destiny. The Gathering Storm is a made-for-television biographical drama based on Churchill's memoirs about his life leading up to World War II. Albert Finney stars as Winston Churchill, Vanessa Redgrave plays his wife, Clementine, and Derek Jacobi appears as Stanley Baldwin. Jim Broadbent and Ronnie Barker co-star. Produced for the BBC, The Gathering Storm received its American premier on the HBO premium cable network in the spring of 2002.

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Albert Finney
as Winston Churchill
Vanessa Redgrave
as Clementine Churchill
Ronnie Barker
as David Inches
Jim Broadbent
as Desmond Morton
Linus Roache
as Ralph Wigram
Celia Imrie
as Mrs. Violet Pearman
Tom Wilkinson
as Sir Robert Vansittart
Lena Headey
as Ava Wigram
Anthony Brophy
as Brendan Bracken
Derek Jacobi
as Stanley Baldwin
Hugh Bonneville
as Ivo Pettifer
Tom Hiddleston
as Randolph Churchill
Emma Siegel
as Mary Churchill
Diana Hoddinott
as Mrs. Landemare
Dolly Wells
as Sarah Churchill
Walter Sittler
as German diplomat
Laurie Flexman
as Charley Wigram
Gottfried John
as Friedrich Von Schroder
John Standing
as Lord Moyne
Simon Williams
as Terence Philip
Rohan McCullough
as Lady Moyne
Kenneth Hadley
as Harry Whitbread
Timothy Bentinek
as Marlborough
Andy Rashleigh
as Middle-aged man
Gerrard McArthur
as Vic Oliver
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Critic Reviews for The Gathering Storm

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Vanessa Redgrave is rather more of a surprise as his wife, Clemmie; one more easily imagines Redgrave leading a government and winning a war than Finney.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

HBO is now the small screen's most captivating window to the past, though. Witness its recent account of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Well-made HBO biopic… not the Churchill best known to popular imagination, but a lesser-known figure — a washed-up, unpopular MP nattering on in the House of Commons about views on India and Germany shared by few…

September 12, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

intelligence, literacy, and high production values

April 29, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Gathering Storm


A thumbnail sketch really of the days in Britain during the rise of Adolph Hitler and the difficult rise of the man who was to prove to be his fiercest foe: Winston Churchill. The principals enliven this light sketch, and mostly Finney as the grand old codger himself. Good ensemble work by the entire cast though.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Gathering Storm tells the story of Winston Churchill's rise in the political arena in the 30's. In this film you see how Churchill was really the first to understand that Germany was on a path to war and he tried to warn the British government about the threat of Nazi Germany. This is a stunning work that was followed by a sequel, Into the Storm. Both films had two different actors playing Churchill Albert Finney plays the role of Winston Churchill in this one, and he delivers something unique in the portrayal of this iconic political figure. This is a well crafted biopic, but you do see it could have been a little better due to the fact that it covers important moments in Churchill's career. I feel the filmmakers could have emphasized a little more on Churchill's rise, and added more depth to its plot in some areas. However the film is very good and the slight imperfections are redeemed by Albert Finney's impressive performance. This is a must see for history buffs or anyone interested in Winston Churchill. Despite its imperfections, there are enough good things about this film to make it entertaining. As for its sequel, Into the Storm, it is a slightly better film because it tells Churchill's finest moments during the Second World War If you watch this film, check out its sequel as both films deliver an interesting portrait of the most interesting, and dashing political figure that is Winston Churchill. Brilliant picture that is a terrific biopic and really is a must see for anyone looking for a good biopic to watch.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Televison Film BBC Two, July 2002

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John A

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