GATHERING STORM, THE (TV) (1974 USA)
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Directed by Herbert Wise
Starring: Richard Burton, Virginia McKenna, Angharad Rees
Genres: Based On Book, Biography, Drama, Period Pieces, Based On True Story, Political
75 minutes | Full screen | Color | English
While Adolf Hitler (Ian Bannen) builds his war machine, Winston Churchill (Richard Burton) repeatedly warns England of the dangers the Nazis pose. But most of Churchill's countrymen refuse to listen to him, viewing him as an alarmist. Nevertheless, Churchill continues to press his case at every opportunity. At Chartwell, his country home in Kent, he presides over domestic affairs -- paying the electric bill, comforting his injured pug, advising his 18-year-old daughter Sarah Angharad Rees about the pitfalls of marrying an Austrian -- when a disaffected German officer traveling under an assumed name pays a visit. He discloses that Germans are building U-boats in Holland as part of a 1,500-million pound investment in armaments. In Parliament, Churchill rails against the pacifism of the British political establishment and uses his new information to rouse the governing body to action. But again, the establishment ignores him.