A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Holden
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Charles Foreman
Robert Urquhart ...
Mike
Ray Jackson ...
Barlow
Ronald Hines ...
Miles
Sean Barrett ...
Frankie
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Harper
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Bellman
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Froome
Rodney Diak ...
Pannet
Michael Shillo ...
Jouvet
Eddie Byrne ...
Commander - Tough's Yard
Maxine Audley ...
Diana Foreman
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Colonel - Medical Officer
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Storyline

Two stories in one - an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others are less willing. Written by Paul Galpin <galpinp@sabc.co.za>

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Days That Shook the World! Victory Snatched From Disaster!

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10 September 1958 (USA)  »

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$1,025,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The gas mask that Richard Attenborough fits on his child was one of 38 million issued by Britain during the war. See more »

Goofs

In the shot when the small boats leave the boatyard, they are actually heading away from London and towards Teddington Weir. See more »

Quotes

Merchant Seaman: It may be a phoney war to you, but it's not to all the blokes at sea. Never has been.
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Soundtracks

We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
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Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
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What a WWII movie should be
20 December 2002 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

A simple film, two stories, soldiers and civilians who did what needed to be done. None of the romance of "Mrs Minnever," but moving nonetheless.

I appreciated this film all the more for having seen "Pearl Harbor" a few months ago. I gave "Dunkirk" 8/10, maybe a little generous, because of the attention to detail and accuracy. The acting was better than adequate, and it was wonderful to see a youngish Bernard Lee. He was 49 when this film was released in 1958 -- there is a gap in his filmography from 41 to 45, so he probably served in the war... as did many of the other actors.


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