Robert Hardy (The Headmaster) portrayed Sir Winston Churchill in five television series and plays: Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), The Woman He Loved (1988), War and Remembrance (1988), Bomber Harris (1989), and Dame Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) season two, episode four, "The Sittaford Mystery".
Simon Ward was second choice for Sir Winston Churchill after Malcolm McDowell repeatedly declined the role.
Three actors portrayed Sir Winston Churchill: Russell Lewis at the age of seven, Michael Audreson at the age of thirteen, and Simon Ward as a young man. However, Audreson was dubbed by Ward in all of his scenes.
Writer and producer Carl Foreman was so impressed with Richard Attenborough's directorial debut, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), that he offered him the opportunity to direct the film and play Lord Randolph Churchill. He declined the latter offer and then cast Robert Shaw.
Although Anne Bancroft (Lady Jennie Churchill) played the mother of Simon Ward (Winston Churchill), she was only ten years older than him.
In the scene at the Windsor racetrack, you can see part of Sir Michael Caine's backyard, and the roof of the house he owned over Robert Shaw's shoulder.
Simon Ward was a predominantly unknown actor when he was cast as the central character of Sir Winston Churchill in this movie. Richard Attenborough threatened to quit the film if producer Carl Foreman (who didn't want Ward) didn't agree to his casting.
At the time that the film was made, Jane Seymour (Pamela Plowden) was the daughter-in-law of the director Richard Attenborough, as she was married to his son Michael Attenborough from 1971 to 1973.
The locomotive featured in the railway scenes was artist David Shepard's BR Standard Class 9 "Black Prince".
This movie was released forty-two years after its source book "My Early Life: A Roving Commission", a.k.a. "My Early Life" and "A Roving Commission: My Early Life" by The Right Honourable Winston Churchill K.G.O.M.C.H.M.P. had been published.
One of several biographical movies directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, with his other biopics including Chaplin (1992), Gandhi (1982), Grey Owl (1999), Shadowlands (1993), and In Love and War (1996).
Simon Ward portrayed the young Sir Winston Churchill in this movie, as well as providing the voice of the older Churchill.
Writer and producer Carl Foreman wanted Albert Finney to play Sir Winston Churchill. Finney played Churchill in old age in The Gathering Storm (2002).
Simon Ward and Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared in All Creatures Great and Small (1975).
This is the first of five films on which Richard Attenborough and Anthony Hopkins collaborated. The others being Magic (1978), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993).
This movie was nominated for three Academy Awards - Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced for Carl Foreman, but the movie failed to win an Oscar in any of these categories.
Sir Ian Holm, Sir John Mills, Jack Hawkins, Patrick Magee, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Edward Woodward received "special appearance" credits.
Though this movie was not directed by screenwriter Carl Foreman, the credits declare that this Sir Richard Attenborough movie is: "A Film by Carl Foreman and Richard Attenborough".
Winston Churchill had an American-born cousin-by-marriage named John Dodge, who, along with Roger Bushel, was one of the many escapees from Stalag Luft III. Although Dodge was not portrayed in the film, director Richard Attenborough played a fictionalized Bushel (renamed Bartlett) in The Great Escape.
First of three films that Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft made together, and the only one not involving her husband, Mel Brooks. The others were The Elephant Man and 84 Charing Cross Road.
Robert Shaw later appeared in Jaws with Murray Hamilton and Richard Dreyfuss. Anne Bancroft appeared opposite both actors in The Graduate, with the former as her husband. Jaws was, of course, directed by Steven Spielberg, who directed Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park.
Second uncredited theatrical movie role of Sir Nigel Hawthorne (Boer Sentry), after Carve Her Name with Pride (1958).
Pat Heywood (Mrs. Everest) previously played Ethel Christie, the wife of the director Richard Attenborough's character John Christie, in 10 Rillington Place (1971).
Robert Shaw appeared in Jaws with Murray Hamilton, who had played Anne Bancroft's husband in her previous film, The Graduate.