Churchill's Secret

DVD - 2016
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It is the summer of 1953 and Nurse Appleyard is rushed to a secret location where she discovers her patient is Winston Churchill, the elderly Prime Minister. Churchill has suffered a stroke and may not last the weekend. As Churchill's wife and family gather at his bedside, long-buried tensions rise to the surface.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] :, PBS Distribution,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781627897914
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jan 23, 2018

I found this a very interesting movie. Good acting, particularly Michael Gambon as Churchill. I enjoyed the part played by the nurse. She added interest to a stuffy and somewhat dysfunctional family.

Jul 09, 2017

Really slow, terribly boring.

Jun 02, 2017

A moving depiction of a little-known post-war episode in the life of an amazing man.

Dec 30, 2016

Aired on PBS in the spring of 2016. An excellent personal look at Churchill's final months. Well done!

Dec 11, 2016

I do not know much about Winston Churchill, besides him being P.M. during the war. This film is interesting because it portrays him in 1953, he suffers a stroke that is followed by another one, which is more severe. He is lying on his death bed, only to be surrounded by cagey politicians, bickering family members. He has a supportive young nurse (a fictional character in the film) who is very dedicated and provides not only care and kindness but also inspiration and hope. Churchill tells her, "growing old is not for cowards." He was 78 when his stroke happened, but he seemed to have a determined soul and spirit that sustained him, as well as a true love for his wife who also sustained him and supported him. The film is rather slow moving since he is sickly, but very interesting and worth watching if you have any interest in history. Michael Gabon is terrific as Churchill and really carries the film. It was also filmed on location at Chartwell where Churchill lived in the country.


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