A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve 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.
We must now select my successor, and there's only one man the opposition will accept.
He stands for one thing and one thing only, himself.
Why have I been forced to send for Churchill?
His record is a catastrophe.
Let me see your true qualities.
Your lack of vanity.
And my iron will.
Your sense of humor.
It is my duty to invite you to take up the position of Prime Minister of this United Kingdom.
I speak to you for the first time as Prime Minister.*
The Germans have encircled sixty British and French divisions.
We are looking at the collapse of Western Europe in the next few days.
How long have they got if we don't rescue them?
Maybe two days.
We would need a miracle to get our men out.
You have the full weight of the world on your shoulders.
We are facing certain defeat on land, the annihilation of our army and imminent invasion.
We must negotiate peace talks.
When will the lesson be learnt?
You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth!
Nonsense, the only slippery slope...
Would you stop interrupting me, while I am interrupting you?
We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering.†
Even though many old and famous States have fallen into the grip of the Nazi rule, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be!
We shall fight on the beaches.
We shall fight on the landing grounds.
We shall fight in the fields and in the streets.
We shall fight in the hills.
We shall never surrender!‡
For without victory, there can be no survival!†
* 1940년 5월 19일 BBC를 통해 한 대국민 연설. 링크링크
† 1940년 5월 13일 의회에서의 총리 취임 연설. 링크링크
‡ 이상 1940년 6월 4일 의회에서 한 연설. 링크링크