Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny

2010 | Documentary | 90 minutes | English


Without Churchill, the Allies would most certainly have lost World War II. This is a position held by many eminent historians. This documentary focuses on the years 1940 and 1941 when Hitler ruled  most of continental Europe. After the fall of France, England’s back was against the wall. The period was referred to as “Churchill’s years in the political wilderness.” Respectfully narrated by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, the documentary includes extracts from Churchill’s most inspiring speeches, the incredible evacuation from Dunkirk, and commentaries by his grandchildren. Probably no other leader, other than Churchill, could have energized the British people during the Blitz when nightly German bombers tried to obliterate the country. Churchill also became aware, early in the war, of Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews. He was a fervent supporter of establishing a Jewish homeland.  The documentary was produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in cooperation with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Holocaust Issues.   

Major Participants:
Winston Churchill / Ben Kingsley (Narrator) / Doris Kearns Goodwin (Journalist and Author) / Martin Gilbert (Churchill’s biographer) / Vera Lynn (Entertainer of British troops)
Why Stream This Film?
Churchill’s appointment as Prime Minister was a fortunate case of the right person, at the right time, and in the right place. I was delighted the documentary highlighted one of Churchill’s most significant achievements: His fierce resistance to Lord Halifax and other eminent British statesmen, to negotiate a peace treaty with Hitler. What a different world this would be if Churchill caved in. An excellent companion piece to this documentary is the book, The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. 
  • Metacritic Score: 68

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This solemn historical documentary by Richard Trank names British prime minister Winston Churchill  the greatest political figure of the 20th century for his role in defeating Hitler. It draws a satisfying narrative arc from his extended campaign to rally President Roosevelt and the American public to Britain’s heroic defense.
J.R. Jones

The Chicago Reader

WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY is a handsomely produced, television-scale documentary. It’s a glowing biography of Churchill, the wartime prime minister, with extracts from his famous speeches and periodic emotional crescendos.
Mike Hale

The New York Times

Extensive archival footage, along with suitably sonorous narration by Ben Kingsley, document Churchill’s steadfast resolve in inspiring the British people people and marshaling U.S. support.
Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter

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