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The Gathering Storm is a 1974 British/American television biopic film, about Winston Churchill's life in the years just prior to, and at the start of, World War II, from 1936 to 1940.

The Gathering Storm
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Written byWinston Churchill (book)
Colin Morris
Directed byHerbert Wise
StarringRichard Burton
Virginia McKenna
Robert Hardy
Ian Bannen
Lesley Dunlop
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Duane Bogie
Producer(s)Jack Levin
Andrew Osborn
Running time75 minutes
Production company(s)NBC
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 29, 1974

It was a joint production of the BBC and NBC, made in 1974 in the Hallmark Hall of Fame; it starred Richard Burton as Churchill and Virginia McKenna as Clementine Churchill. Robin Bailey portrays Neville Chamberlain. The supporting cast includes Ian Bannen as Adolf Hitler, Ian Ogilvy as King Edward VIII, and Patrick Stewart as Clement Attlee.

The film has the same title as the first volume of Churchill's largely autobiographical six-volume history of the war. This volume covers the period from 1919 to 10 May 1940, the day he became prime minister.

The film was broadcast on United Kingdom television under the title Walk with Destiny. Although another film about Churchill, made in 2002, was also called The Gathering Storm, it bears little resemblance to the 1974 film.

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  • The Second World War, Volume 1, The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill, Cassell 1948, (2005 Penguin edition ISBN 0-14-144172-0)

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