(Above; Albert Finney as Winston Churchill in ‘The Gathering Storm’)
Albert Finney, who died last week at 82, never won an Oscar despite five nominations. But he did win an Emmy – for playing Winston Churchill in HBO’s The Gathering Storm. You can see that 1982 movie it in its entirety right here:
The Gathering Storm also earned Finney his third Golden Globe award. Finney received his first Golden Globe as most promising male newcomer for playing the lusty title role in 1963’s Tom Jones.That blockbuster can be rented from $2.99 at Amazon and iTunes.
Finney’s second Golden Globe came for best actor in the title role of 1970’s Scrooge. Here’s the complete film:
Tom Jones also earned Finney the first of his five Oscar nominations. The others came for playing Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), an aging actor in The Dresser (1983), a depressed alcoholic British diplomat in Under the Volcano (1984), and the title character’s boss in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Under the Volcano can be streamed for free from Kanopy, if your library participates in that service.
Bonus: The final scene of Michael Crichton’s Looker (1981), a Savvy Screener favorite. The film is a science-fiction thriller and darkly satirical commentary on media and advertising. Finney plays a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who turns detective when models who have been digitized for placement in commercials are murdered. The bad guys have a gun that stuns people into a temporary hypnotic trance, causing them to lose track of time. The Partridge Family‘s Susan Dey stars as Finney’s patient and romantic interest.
You can stream all of Looker for $2.99 from several providers.
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