Finney’s Finest

(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).

Murder on the Orient Express is available to Amazon Prime subscribers, or you can stream it free on Vimeo.

The Dresser is available starting at $2.99 from Amazon, Vudu and other providers.

Under the Volcano can be streamed for free from Kanopy, if your library participates in that service.

Erin Brockovich is available to Starz subscribers, or as a rental starting at $2.99 from various providers.


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.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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2 thoughts on “Finney’s Finest”

  1. Thanks, Elgee–I loved “Wolfen”–they filmed some of it down here by me. Next door to the deli on Bleecker/8th Ave was a bar called The Alamo (which later became a hotspot under new owners). The scene where Finney looks into a group of upstate Native Americans, to see what they know about an ancient curse that materializes packs of wolves. I remember walking with my young daughter across Hudson Street and commenting about a guy walking by. He was Native American, long black braid, and a knockout dress up in leathers and fringes. But the impression I got (before I ever knew about the upcoming movie) made me turn to her and say, “That guy looks like a werewolf!”–Good casting! And good misdirection (considering the film’s denoument). Good locales too.

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