Rent Young Winston (1972)

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2h 26min
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In 'Young Winston', director Richard Attenborough chronicles the tumultuous rise of one of the greatest public figures of the 20th century - and one of its most complex private men. Vain, rebellious and fiercely ambitious, Churchill (Simon Ward) is the product of the stormy union between Lord Randolph (Robert Shaw), a political failure, and haughty, Brooklyn-born Lady Jennie (Anne Bancroft). Alienated from them, young Winston pours all his energies into winning love through achievement. Starting as a war correspondent in India, he later becomes a hero in South Africa during the Boer War, before eventually launching a political career which carries him into the halls of Parliament.
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Carl Foreman, Richard Attenborough
Winston Churchill, Carl Foreman
Peter James, Carl Foreman, Alfred Ralston, Geoffrey Drake, Don Ashton, Anthony Mendleson, John Graysmark, William Hutchinson
Columbia Tristar
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
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1973 BAFTA Best Costumes

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146 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Original overture included at start of main feature
  • "A national hero brought to life" featurette
  • "Reflections of a director" featurette
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Run Time:
154 minutes
English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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  • The John Player Lecture with Richard Attenborough (1971, 78 mins): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London's National Film Theatre
  • Reflections of a Director (2006, 13 mins): archival interview with Attenborough
  • A National Hero Brought to Life (2006, 17 mins): archival interview with actor Simon Ward on his performance as Winston Churchill
  • Camel Blues (2019, 30 mins): assistant director William P. Cartlidge remembers working with Attenborough and writer-producer Carl Foreman
  • Stars and Sand (2019, 9 mins): second assistant director Brian Cook discusses the star-studded cast
  • My Kingdom for a Horse (2019, 11 mins): Vic Armstrong recalls his work as Ward's stunt double and his role as horse wrangler for the film
  • Fires in the Sky (2019, 6 mins): special effects artist John Richardson on the challenges of filming in Wales, Morocco, and Blenheim Palace
  • Making It Up (2019, 3 mins): interview with make-up artist Robin Grantham
  • Deleted scenes (7 mins): five scenes from the 'roadshow' version, including the alternative ending with Winston and Randolph Churchill
  • US Premiere Footage (1972, 16 mins, mute): rare and unseen material featuring Attenborough, Foreman, Ward, Robert Shaw, Edward G Robinson, and others
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image galleries: publicity and promotional material
  • World premiere on Blu-ray

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Reviews (2) of Young Winston

Brilliant film about the early years of a Brilliant man and a true British hero Churchill - Young Winston review by PV

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This film would and could never be made now - they says a great deal about the flaws of our age, not those of the late 19th century or Churchill.

A truly great biopic, a brilliant cast, true history.

I watched this one Sunday and it was better than any single programme of film on the 200 channels I can access. Says it all.

Watch with Gary Oldman's brilliant DAREST HOUR Oscar-winning performance of the great man Churchill - who, by the way, led the great British Empire to liberate Western Europe in 1944 and free the slaves there.

Since 2017 when Darkest Hour came out, British society has been infected with the mind virus of woke from the USA, and divisive racist mob politics. I hope we get better soon - all polls show 80% Brits want no statues to come down or names changed. SO WHY then are the Woke Taliban and pc gestapo in charge of our clown councils, Brit0hating museums and charities, pc universities etc doing it?

Churchill may well have called it the enemy within or treason. I stand with the great Winston Churchill.

5 stars. A classic, ALL British kids and adults should watch this. to learn the facts of history, not the Brit-hating propaganda on TV 24/7 now. As Churchill says in the film: "British influence is a healthy and kindly influence'. Or was, in the days of the British empire.

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At just over two and a half hours.... - Young Winston review by SB

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this stately biopic directed by Richard Attenborough certainly gives you value for money in terms of length (this disc is the full version, rather than the two hour version on sale currently). It is by no means as good a film as the same director's 'Gandhi', in part because the subject matter is less interesting and complex, and the story less complete.

Simon Ward is adequate in the name role and so perhaps is Robert Shaw as the gifted but obnoxious Randolph, Winston's MP father. But Anne Bancroft is woefully miscast as Winston's mother American mother Jenny. This is the woman of whom it was said 'there is more of the panther than of the woman in her look'; but here, we have more of a smug domestic cat.

A whole regiment of well-known actors have cameos - among the more ludicrous being tiny, fussy John Mills as Kitchener, who in reality was 6 feet 2 inches tall and a fierce, terrifying figure.

As well as derring-do by young Churchill on the north-west frontier, in Sudan and South Africa, there are also political interludes, but these are not well explained. They are also heavily biased, although unless you know a lot about the period that isn't obvious.

UK domestic locations tend towards Victorian gloom, but outdoor scenes are well enough, although the South African veldt looks suspiciously like Wales. Musical infelicities include the use of two Elgar pieces composed after the date of the events depicted on screen – never a good idea. At intervals, the Churchill parents are seen in mock interviews conducted by an unseen journalist, in a style which they would never have tolerated. This strains credulity and is a crude method of explaining feelings.

The unwary may be caught out by the fact that the disc opens on a completely black screen for several minutes, with only music audible. It is similar at the 'intermission'. Dr Zhivago at least had a still picture and better music in similar circumstances; but then Attenborough was no David Lean.

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