Countdown to War

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Countdown to War
Countdown to War poster.jpg
Directed byPatrick Lau
Produced byNorma Percy
Written byRonald Harwood
StarringIan McKellen
Music byRichard Harvey
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
78 minutes

Countdown to War is a television film made in 1989 as a co-production by Granada Television and PBS. It recounts the events that occurred between 15 March 1939, when the German army commanded by Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and created the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and 3 September 1939, the date when France and United Kingdom declared war on Germany. The film is divided into 4 different stages: Mussolini's study, Hitler's Chancellery, Stalin's Kremlin and Chamberlain's Cabinet. The script is based on private letters, diaries and records of meetings between the different leaders.[1] The film starred Ian McKellen, Michael Aldridge, Alex Norton and Barrie Rutter.


Europe's most powerful leaders desperately plot their strategies, attempting to determine the next moves of both their allies and enemies. The private meetings, arguments, anguish and personal battles will change the course of history. The Second World War is about to begin.



A DVD of this film was released on 22 January 2008.[2]


  1. ^ "卐 Adolf Hitler 卐 Biografia audiovisual en ?cine y TV".
  2. ^ "Countdown to War". 22 January 2008 – via Amazon.

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