Into the Storm

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Into The Storm is a biographical film about Winston Churchill as he leads Britain into World War II. The movie is directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars Brendan Gleeson, who plays the former British Prime Minister. Into The Storm is a sequel to the 2002 TV movie, The Gathering Storm, which details on the life of Churchill in the years just prior to the war. Also starring Janet McTeer (Five Days), James D'Arcy and Patrick Malahide.


Studio HBO
SKU 212196099
UPC 883929078356
UPC 14 00883929078356
Format DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
Rating NR
Emmy (2009) Brendan Gleeson, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie,Consolata Boyle, Marion Weise, Nominee, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Howard Goodall, Winner, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score),Hugh Whitemore, Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special,Janet McTeer, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie,Kate Rhodes James, Nominee, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Kerin Parfitt, Stefano Ceccarelli, Nominee, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie,Len Cariou, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie,Mark Auguste et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Michel Amathieu, Nominee, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie,Ridley Scott et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Made for Television Movie,Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Nominee, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review It's difficult to imagine a braver or more ambitious project than Into the Storm, which premieres on HBO Sunday night. To tell the story of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the years of World War II and the months that followed is enough to freeze a screenwriter's heart. Add to that the task of living up to its predecessor, The Gathering Storm, which starred Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave and -- well, you see where the bravery comes in...While Gleeson pours himself into that iconic voice (at times a bit unintelligible to the American ear), the strength of his Churchill radiates from the eyes, which in private moments shine darkly with sorrow, doubt and occasionally fear. The same man who promptly rejects the suggestion that Britain negotiate with Mussolini and Hitler with the words "nations that go down fighting, rise up again; those that surrender tamely are finished," holds in his mind not the pillars of power but the image of a man who once wished him luck...An unshakable faith in destiny keeps him stalwart while telling King George VI that a German invasion is to be expected, while hearing himself compared to Hitler by members of Parliament, while courting an evasive Franklin Roosevelt (Len Cariou)...But that same faith, hardened by the years of war, made his transition to peacetime leader difficult. The tyranny of greatness can become simple tyranny when the enemy has been defeated. This Churchill is lost without his war and fears that all he fought for -- the England of his youth and possibly his dreams -- will fall to internal change, his victory notwithstanding. When he is voted out of office mere months after winning what seemed an impossible-to-win war, his anger threatens to overtake his accomplishments and ruin his marriage...If Into the Storm is, at times, overly simplistic (and the ending pure Hollywood), the issues it raises about the nature and cost of great leadership, about the unpredictable nature of war, are not...Churchill's exhortations to hold hard and fight to the death are seen, with the luxury of hindsight, as torches lit to lead his people to inevitable victory. But as Into the Storm makes clear, victory was far from assured; Churchill's words and actions could just as easily have been a nation's eulogy. Which is something worth remembering.
Reviewer Mary McNamara
ReviewRating 8
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Video Format DVD
David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun If you can't get enough of Churchill and World War II, as many can't, you'll find a lot to like.
Tom Shales, Washington Post This movie is an absolute must...

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