Taglines: Never, never, never surrender.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (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.
Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and follows his early days as Prime Minister, as Hitler closes in on Britain during World War II. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2017, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. It began a limited release in the United States on 22 November 2017, followed by general release on 22 December, and was released on 12 January 2018 in the United Kingdom. The film has grossed $99 million worldwide and was well received by critics.
Gary Oldman’s performance was praised, with many critics noting it as one of the best of his career; he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture, and at the 71st British Academy Film Awards it received nine nominations, including Best Film as well as Best British Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Oldman and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scott Thomas.
As of 28 January 2018, Darkest Hour has grossed $45.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $53.1 million in other countries (including $15.6 million in the UK), for a worldwide total of $98.3 million. In the United States and Canada, the film began a limited release on 22 November 2017. In its first five days, it grossed $246,761 from four theatres (an average of $61,690), finishing 21st at the box office over the weekend. The film had its wide release on 22 December 2017, alongside the openings of Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3 and Father Figures, and the wide release of The Shape of Water, and grossed $3.9 million from 804 theatres over that weekend, and $5.5 million over the four-day Christmas frame.
Darkest Hour (2018)
Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Nicholas Jones, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, David Schofield, Benjamin Whitrow, Adrian Rawlins
Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten
Production Design by: Sarah Greenwood
Cinematography by: Bruno Delbonnel
Film Editing by: Valerio Bonelli
Costume Design by: Jacqueline Durran
Set Decoration by: Katie Spencer
Art Direction by: Oliver Goodier, Nick Gottschalk, Joe Howard
Music by: Dario Marianelli
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic material.
Distributed by: Focus Features
Release Date: January 12, 2018 (United Kingdom)