Six Minutes to Midnight

 (3,393)5.81 h 39 min2021X-RayPG-13
Summer 1939. The Nazi High Command send their daughters to finishing school in England. A teacher senses the coming atrocities, but must navigate a web of double-agents to raise the alarm.
Directors
Andy Goddard
Starring
Eddie IzzardJudi DenchCarla Juri
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DramaArthouse
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
James D'ArcyJim BroadbentCelyn Jones
Producers
Andy EvansSean MarleyAde ShannonLaure VaysseSarah Townsend
Studio
IFC Films
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

3393 global ratings

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Max ImusReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Authentic, intense, deserving of praise
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The films I find most appealing are those based on fact. Eddie Izzard saw a school blazer patch in the Bexhill-on-Sea museum, sewn with both the Union Jack and the Nazi emblem. Research followed, and this is the result. The school scenes are riveting. The tension builds. Lighting, cinematography and at times, the spare dialogue speak volumes. The glimmers of humor (in particular, Jim Broadbent/Charlie's wonderful reply under threat) are much needed to offset the darkness. Judi Dench deserves particular praise as the school's headmistress. The acting overall is impressive. There are a few rare films that make me feel I'm watching actual history, and this is one of them.
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faroucheReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Weak and makes a HUGE historical blunder (doesn't affect plot but shows they didn't try)
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The movie is weak, with nonsensical plotting. Even Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent can't save it.

This tells you everything you need to know about the care with which they made this movie. At the end, there is a voice over. It says that on Sept. 3, 1939, Winston Churchill said: "I am speaking to you from the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street. This morning the British ambassador in Berlin handed the German government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by 11 o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany."

Uh, no. Even this Yank knows it was Neville Chamberlain. Churchill was NOT prime minister. How could they get something so basic wrong?
16 people found this helpful
Lori HernandezReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
It’s true: the writing is terrible
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I was hoping the negative reviews were wrong. They weren’t. The slow pace didn’t bother me, and the initial set-up wasn’t too bad. But close to the 40 minute mark the writing took just an awful turn. Everything after that was contrived and remarkably awful; even the great Judi Dench couldn’t redeem the terrible lines given to her toward the end. Could have been an interesting telling of a story that was at least partially based on fact, but alas, it wasn’t. One last thing: apparently 8 to 10 teenage-girl-paces creates a wide enough space (5 yards, maybe) to land a 1939 Luftwaffe airplane. Truly awful.
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Philip HopbellReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Slow Moving
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While 6 Minutes to Midnight is slow and sometimes opaque, it's a joy watching Eddie Izzard give a great performance. Her portrayal of an agent posing as a teacher at an Anglo-German school for girls is enjoyable.
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CellistaReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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It's Eddie Izzard's vanity project. Somebody should have stopped him. Terrible writing, ridiculous and obvious special effects, overblown musical score, and lousy acting by all except the wonderful Jim Broadbent, who is wasted in this small part. Even Judi Dench doesn't come off too well, given the banal screenplay: "But they're MY girls!" Judi's daughter, Finty Williams, has a tiny part that has no connection to the plot and is clearly only there as a favor.
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Marie Prudence GagneReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film!
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If you enjoy the WWII classic films SABOTEUR and THE 39 STEPS, you will love this film. The dialogue is taut, the acting superlative by all players, with Dame Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard heading a uniformly gifted cast. The direction is perfect: no excesses, but ample and balanced time given to every aspect of the film. And the gorgeous Welsh scenery! The landscape, in fact, is an important cast member, in that it displays both the idyllic beauty of Britain and its vulnerability in the face of too-close Germany's plans to annex or subjugate England. An edge-of-your-seat viewing experience, with mounting tension until the very, very satisfying conclusion.
7 people found this helpful
PHILIP J DECOSSEReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Eddie Izzard is normally brilliant, but this was a comically bad joke
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We started laughing about 10 minutes in, and then it got funnier. There were so many ridiculous examples of bad screenplay, horrible acting, and comically bad situations, that we almost enjoyed the remainder of the movie, and talked about it for a few days. Judi Dench has GOT to be embarrassed she signed onto this, but we can only surmise she did it as a special favor to Eddie. Horrible, and do NOT waste your money.
10 people found this helpful
Lisa S.Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really Good but Not Great!
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I will watch anything with Eddie Izzard and Dame Judi so I had to catch this as soon as it came out! It wasn't edge-of-your-seat suspenseful but it did have a lot of twists and turns to keep me interested. This wasn't Dame Judi's most difficult roles; she was more of a supporting cast this time around. And Eddie, being a comedienne, I'm sure just had to get those slapstick moments in the middle of the film in. The ending before the ending seemed like a Marvel Comics moment and the very end was like a To Sir With Love moment. Overall, I enjoyed it!
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