Darkest Hour

Synopsis: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Production: Focus Features
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 63 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
75
Rotten Tomatoes:
85%
PG-13
Year:
2017
125 min
$28,086,332
Website
5,037 Views


CHAMBERLAIN:

Including that of Diplomatic talks.

HALIFAX:

Indeed, towards the restoration of

peace in Europe.

ALL:

Hear Hear!!!

4.

CHAMBERLAIN:

Gentlemen, I’m afraid there is onlyone candidate. Only, one man thatthe Opposition will accept?

ALL:

Oh no.

SIR JOHN SIMON:

Surely not...

INT. CHARTWELL/ COUNTRY HOUSE OF WINSTON & CLEMENTINECHURCHILL DAY

CAPTION:
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1940

A plate of BACON & EGGS is set on a BREAKFAST TRAY. Then...aglass of WHITE WINE is poured by WINSTON’s VALET, SAWYERS,

and set beside the plate. A glass of SCOTCH and SODA is alsoprepared and set beside these on the tray. For Breakfast?

SAWYERS carries the TRAY through servants quarters towardsthe ENTRANCE HALL of the house, where -

-the TRAY passes by - WINSTON’s PRIVATE SECRETARY, JOHNEVANS (35), as he schools the NEW YOUNG SECRETARY, ELIZABETHLAYTON. Evans, an immaculately-groomed rake, snobbishlythinks himself infinitely superior to the Elizabeth Laytonsof the world.

JOHN EVANS:

(to ELIZABETH)

...and if he stretches out his hand

and says, “Gimme”, you need to

anticipate what he wants -black

pen, red pen, paper, or “Clop”,

that’s his hole punch.

EVANS and LAYTON walk past -

-SAWYERS-with-TRAY, as he waits for the COOK to iron a

NEWSPAPER (DAILY EXPRESS)and as the SCULLERY MAIDS, over hershoulder, ANXIOUSLY read the headline:

"CHAMBERLAIN TO RESIGN”

SAWYERS:

Don’t smudge the ink.

MAID:

How selfish to resign, time likethis.

COOK:

D’you think they’ll take me to

Downing Street?

5.

SAWYERS:

Not after the Spotted Dick youserved last week.

The COOK then sets the PAPER on the TRAY, whereupon SAWYERScarries the TRAY up the stairs.

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Anthony McCarten

Anthony McCarten (born 1961) is a New Zealand-born novelist, filmmaker, and playwright. He is best known for producing and writing the screenplays for The Theory of Everything (2014), which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Darkest Hour (2017), which earned him another Best Picture nomination. He divides his time between London and Los Angeles. more…

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