THE CHURCHILLS chronicles the public and private lives of a political dynasty and the statesman whose remarkable achievements brought glory to his nation and family name.
PART I: ARISTOCRATIC ADVENTURERS
Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the seventh Duke of Marlborough rose to the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons. Winston, the fruit of Randolph's marriage to a striking and tempestuous American heiress, established himself in politics after his father's career was cut short by illness. Named First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston's career was nearly ruined by the military debacle at Gallipoli in the Dardenelles. Churchill tenaciously fought his way back and eventually assumed, at age 52, the role his father once held: Chancellor of the Exchequer.
PART 2: MOMENT OF DESTINY
Churchill embraced several unpopular causes, and, distrustful of him, Britain's leadership ignored his warnings about the Nazis. But his bold denouncement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler at Munich was vindicated when Germany invaded Poland. Elected Prime Minister, Churchill awakened the British spirit of resistance with his stirring speeches and led the nation from the edge of defeat to the pinnacle of victory.
PART 3: BORN A CHURCHILL
Scarcely two months after VE-Day and allied victories in Europe, Churchill was defeated in a general election. Undeterred, he became a world statesman. In his resonant "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946, he was the first to warn about Josef Stalin. During this period he wrote his six-volume history of World War II, which won him a Nobel Prize for Literature-and made him a wealthy man.
Churchill became Prime Minister for a second time in 1951. Dedicated to easing the Cold War, his hopes for a peace summit with post-Stalinist Russia were derailed by a near-fatal stroke-hidden from the British public. Churchill finally relinquished power at 81 and lived long enough to see his children's lives unravel in a spiral of alcoholism, scandal and tragedy.
Winston Churchill died in 1965, sparking a State funeral that was the greatest tribute paid any British subject outside the Royal family.
USA, 1996, 3 VHS Box Set, B&W/Color, Total Running Time 150 minutes.
Video Cassette available in NTSC