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Having the COURAGE to stand firm and do what you know is RIGHT, despite great opposition—even from friends and allies.
Dealing with extreme stress and pressure
Discuss Churchill’s vision and voice as a leader and his ability to assess what mattered—to tune out the noise—understanding the threat and the bigger—much bigger—picture.
“Words can, and do, change the world. This is precisely what happened through Winston Churchill in 1940. He was under intense political and personal pressure, yet he was spurred to such heights in so few days—over and over again.” —screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten
“In dark days and darker nights, when Britain stood alone, and most men save Englishmen despaired of England’s life, he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. The incandescent quality of his words illuminated the courage of his countrymen.” —President John F. Kennedy, 1963
“This story is anchored in the past yet it resonates all the way into the here and now. Too often today, our ‘leaders’ are followers. These decisions made in less than one month’s time had global ramifications.”
What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer
War in the Bible
Gary Oldman … Winston Churchill
Kristin Scott Thomas … Clementine Churchill —Winston’s wife
Lily James … Elizabeth Layton—Churchill’s personal secretary
Ben Mendelsohn… King George VI
Stephen Dillane … Viscount Halifax
Samuel West … Sir Anthony Eden
Hannah Steele … Abigail Walker
Ronald Pickup … Neville Chamberlain—whom Churchill succeeded as Prime Minister
Richard Lumsden … General Ismay
Jordan Waller … Randolph Churchill
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|Director:||Joe Wright—“Atonement” (2007), “Hanna” (2011), “Pride and Prejudice” (2005), “Anna Karenina” (2012)
Screenplay: Anthony McCarten—“The Theory of Everything”
|Producer:||Working Title Films
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“Never, never, never surrender”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In 1940, Britain is pounded and on the verge of losing to Germany. Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill is under pressure to make a deal with Hitler that will establish Britain as a puppet state of the Third Reich. His army stranded in Dunkirk, Churchill instead summons the courage to fight on—standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.
During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.”
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