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Darkest Hour (2017)

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Darkest Hour
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Joe Wright
Release Date December 22, 2017
Language English
Distributor Focus Features
Main Cast
Character Actor
Winston Churchill Gary Oldman
King George VI Ben Mendelsohn
Clementine "Clemmie" Churchill Kristin Scott Thomas
Elizabeth Layton Lily James
Neville Chamberlain Ronald Pickup
President Roosevelt David Strathairn

Darkest Hour is a 2017 British biographical World War II drama directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, the newly-elected British Prime Minister, replacing Neville Chamberlain, who has resigned, and who faces a difficult task, as the defeat against Nazi Germany seems almost sealed, and the German war machine rolls over Western Europe. When an invasion of the United Kingdom seems inevitable, Churchill finds himself under pressure to negotiate a peace agreement with Adolf Hitler, who would then make Britain a puppet of the Third Reich. As King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) is skeptical, and his own party is intriguing against him, and with only his wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas) is on his side, Churchill proves courage and fights on as the British army is stranded at Dunkirk. Darkest Hour would then go on to receive 6 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and would earn two, including Oldman's first win for Best Actor.

The following weapons were used in the film Darkest Hour:


Webley MK VI

The Webley Mk VI revolver is seen in holsters of British Government bunker guards.

Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
A guard with his holstered Webley in front of the bunker entrance.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

British soldiers trapped in Calais are seen carrying Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British.
SMLEs seen leaning against the wall in Brigadier Nicholson's (Richard Glover) HQ.
A British soldier on the left sitting with his SMLE while Churchill's message of no evacuation is given.


French soldiers are armed with MAS-36 rifles during Churchill's (Gary Oldman) meeting with the french Prime Minister Paul Reynaud (Oliver Broche).

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
French soldiers in the background standing with their MAS rifles.

Lebel 1886

A line of French soldiers is seen also with Lebel 1886 rifles.

Lebel Model 1886 M93 - 8x50Rmm
French soldiers with the rifles. Note the Douglas C-47 military transport aircraft in the background that did make its first flight in December 1941. So the appearance in May 1940 is an anachronistic.
Closer view of the rifles as Churchill approaches.


QF 25 pounder Mk I

A British QF 25 pounder Mk I howitzer can be seen.

The Howitzer on the right.

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