The Gathering Storm (1974)


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 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.

Also known as Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Gathering Storm (#24.2) (US, anthology series).


The story of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

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.


  • Richard Burton … Winston Churchill.
  • Virginia McKenna … Clementine Churchill.
  • Angharad Rees … Sarah Churchill.
  • Lesley Dunlop … Mary Churchill.
  • Clive Francis … Randolph Churchill.
  • Thorley Walters … Stanley Baldwin.
  • Robin Bailey … Neville Chamberlain.
  • Robert Beatty … Lord Beaverbrook.
  • Michael Elwyn … Anthony Eden.
  • Ian Bannen … Adolf Hitler.
  • Robert Hardy … Joachim von Ribbentrop.
  • John Phillips … Von Brondorff.
  • Geoffrey Bayldon … Kurt von Schuschnigg.
  • Steve Plytas … Maisky.
  • Ian Ogilvy … Edward VIII.
  • Denis Lill … George VI (as Dennis Lill).
  • Patrick Stewart … Clement Attlee.
  • Edward Evans … David Lloyd George.


  • It was a joint production of the BBC and NBC, made in 1974 in the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Herbert Wise.
  • Producer(s):
    • Duane Bogie … executive producer: Clarion Productions.
    • Jack Levin … producer: Le Vien International Productions (as Jack Le Vien).
    • Andrew Osborn … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Winston Churchill (book).
    • Colin Morris (screenplay).
  • Music:
    • Eileen Diss.
  • Cinematography:
    • Robin Fraser-Paye.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
    • Clarion Productions (in association with).
    • Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.
    • Le Vien Productions (in association with).
    • National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
  • Distributor(s):
    • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1974) (USA) (TV) (original airing).
  • Release Date: 29 November 1974 (US) and 01 December 1974 (UK).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 75 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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