Young Winston

Synopsis: This historical drama is an account of the early life of the future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Simon Ward), including his childhood, his time as a war correspondent in South Africa during the Second Boer War and culminating in his first election to Parliament.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
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124 min

Who's that bloody fool on the grey?

Someone who wants to be noticed,

I should imagine.

He'll be noticed.

He'll get his head blown off.

My Early Life... Winston Spencer Churchill.

On the 16th of September, 1897... the age of 22...

...I found myself taking part

in a punitive expedition...

...of the Malakand Field Force

on the northwest frontier of India.

In a sense, I had arranged for my

participation in this action myself.

August the 5th, 1897.

A letter to General Sir Bindon Blood:

"Sir, I do hope you will not be annoyed

if I remind you...

...that you once promised me that

when you had your next command... would try to find

a place for me. "

"Very difficult. No vacancies.

Come up as a correspondent.

We'll try to fit you in. Blood. "

Which of these gallant chaps

will lead me... something really exciting,

an adventure I can write about?

That column there?

Or that one? It's all a lottery, isn't it?

Just luck.

God, I hope I'm lucky today.

The jok e of it all is that I never

really wanted to be a soldier.

No. Politics, parliament,

that's my arena.

But how am I to get there?

I have no reputation... family in the government.

And worst of all, no money.

Money. My darling mother wrote to me

often on that tiresome subject:

"Really, Winston, you are simply

irresponsible about money.

I am sending the man

the 11 pounds he asks...

...but why will you write cheques

when you have no money in the bank?

Actually, in America, you know,

it's illegal.

And they sentence people

to long terms in jail for doing it.

My dear, do be careful.

And do write when you can.

Please, please, don't tak e

any unnecessary risks.

Your loving mother,

Jennie Randolph Churchill. "

Who's that bloody fool on the grey?

Can't tell.

Someone who wants to get noticed,

I should imagine.

He'll be noticed.

He'll get his head blown off.


Lieutenant Churchill, sir.

4th Hussars.

Actually, I'm here as a correspondent.

Pioneer and Saily Telegraph.

If you're going

to that village up there...

...would you mind awfully

if I came along?

Yes. Churchill, 4th Hussars.

We don't care much for

correspondents out here.

Or white horses, either.

Where'd you get him?

In the auction last week, sir.

Malakand Pass.

- Previous owner killed?

- I believe so, yes, sir.

Didn't that teach you anything?


Come along if you like.

But keep out of the way.

Thank you very much, sir.

Oh, one more thing.

We do try to bring our wounded back.

These chaps can be very nasty.

But as you're only an onlooker, I can't

guarantee anything. Understood?

Yes, sir.

Thank you very much, sir.

The truth is, I'm not at all brave.

The truth is, I've often felt

myself a coward, especially at school.

But if I could win a reputation

for courage and daring...

...if I could be mentioned

in despatches...

...that would help me

to get started in politics.

In short, I need medals.

Lots and lots of medals.

And I have to learn so much,

and there's so little time.

I have to read all the books

I should have read before.

I must become my own university.

And I must overcome my speech

impediment when I speak in public.

The Spanish ships

I cannot shee- See.

For they are not in shite- Site.


Move it!

Is everybody gone, sir?

All gone, sir.

Very well, then.

- Carry on.

- Carry on!

Number three section, follow me!

Wouldn't you know it?

All this way for nothing.

Talk about rotten luck.

Right, we'll start back now.

Keep a dozen men and cover us

till we get halfway down.

- Then we'll cover you.

- Right.

Come along, Mr. Cartlidge,

we're going back now.

Very well, sir. Come along

and huddle it up. Bring them down.

Head's up.

Lieutenant general, come with me.

It's not bad at that.

Could be worth two

or three hundred words.

Get back. Get back!

Willy! Come on, get out of there.

Come down! We'll cover you!

Fall back! Fall back!

No, sahib, leave me.

Oh, sahib, you're hurting me.

Sahib, let me go!

Oh, please, on my knees,

I am begging you.

Come on, you idiot, get out of it!

Get out of it!

" And to conclude these despatches...

...the general in the field

wishes to mention and commend...

...the courage of

Lieutenant W L S Churchill...

...who made himself useful

at a critical moment. "

And thereupon,

I sat down and wrote a book.

And the literary critics

were most kind to me:

"If General Kitchener

should ever find time... read Mr. Winston Churchill's

new book, The Malakand Field Force...'s fascinating to imagine

the great warrior's reaction to it.

The book is excellent for a first effort,

but perhaps its title should have been:

Some Helpful Hints for Generals

From a Young Lieutenant. "

Hurry up, the train is about to leave.

For some reason unknown to me...

...I have always been charged

with being unpunctual.

But then, in my lifetime...

...I have constantly been accused

of many wick ed things.

Perhaps I paid for all those sins...

...real or imaginary, in advance...

...for when I was but 7,

I was cast out of my happy home...

...and sent away to school.

I left behind me

all who were dear to me...

...especially my nurse,

Mrs. Everest...

Winnie, bye-bye!

...who look ed after me

and tended all my wants...

...and to whom I poured out

all my troubles.

And for some reason

I cannot now remember...

...I called her "Womany. "

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Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party. Born in Oxfordshire to an aristocratic family, Churchill was a son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome. Joining the British Army, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War, gaining fame as a war correspondent and writing books about his campaigns. Elected an MP in 1900, initially as a Conservative, he defected to the Liberals in 1904. In H. H. Asquith's Liberal government, Churchill served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty, championing prison reform and workers' social security. During the First World War, he oversaw the Gallipoli Campaign; after it proved a disaster, he resigned from government and served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front. In 1917 he returned to government under David Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, and was subsequently Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, then Secretary of State for the Colonies. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Stanley Baldwin's Conservative government, returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Out of office during the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in calling for British rearmament to counter the growing threat from Nazi Germany. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was re-appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's resignation in 1940, Churchill replaced him. Churchill oversaw British involvement in the Allied war effort, resulting in victory in 1945. His wartime response to the 1943 Bengal famine, which claimed an estimated three million lives, has caused controversy, and he sanctioned the 1945 bombing of Dresden, which claimed twenty to thirty thousand lives and continues to be debated. After the Conservatives' defeat in the 1945 general election, he became Leader of the Opposition. Amid the developing Cold War with the Soviet Union, he publicly warned of an "iron curtain" of Soviet influence in Europe and promoted European unity. He was re-elected prime minister in the 1951 election. His second term was preoccupied with foreign affairs, including the Malayan Emergency, Mau Mau Uprising, Korean War and a UK-backed Iranian coup. Domestically his government emphasised house-building and developed an atomic bomb. In declining health, Churchill resigned as prime minister in 1955, although he remained an MP until 1964. Upon his death in 1965, he was given a state funeral. Widely considered one of the 20th century's most significant figures, Churchill remains popular in the UK and Western world, where he is seen as a victorious wartime leader who played an important role in defending liberal democracy from the spread of fascism. Also praised as a social reformer and writer, among his many awards was the Nobel Prize in Literature. Conversely, his imperialist views—coupled with his sanctioning of human rights abuses in the suppression of anti-imperialist movements seeking independence from the British Empire—have generated considerable controversy. more…

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