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We need another Winston Churchill... but all we’ve got is this shower

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (Universal)

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (Universal)

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (Universal)

Our politicians need to get out more. There's a scene in the movie Darkest Hour where Sir Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), agonising over demands to make peace with Hitler, goes for a ride on the tube to listen to the views of the public.

They want him to fight the tyrant. A passenger recites with him those great lines by Macauley: "Then how can man die better, than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his gods."

The tube ride never happened, of course. Still. Not a dry eye in the house.


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