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Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 10 September 1958 (USA)
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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(novel) (as Elleston Trevor), (book) (as Lt. Col. Ewan Butler) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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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Drama | History | War

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Dunkerque  »

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$1,025,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Last screen appearance of Joss Ambler. See more »

Goofs

When the platoon come under air attack at the farm (and their officer is killed), the aircraft attacking them seen head on is a Blenheim, an RAF light bomber, where as the aircraft shown flying away is a German Junkers 88. 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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Connections

Featured in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
(uncredited)
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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blood,toil,tears and sweat
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The evacuation from Dunkirk was every bit as important as the Battle of Britain. If the British would have lost those 350,000 troops on the beaches they would almost certainly have lost the war. Those men couldn't be replaced at least not easily. A defeat like that would have ended everything. There would have been extreme pressure to make a deal with Hitler and end the war. Thankfully they didn't give up and stuck to the job and thankfully Hitler very stupidly pulled his panzer forces up short.

This movie has good acting by a good cast, but I've always felt it could have been done better. Dunkirk is a subject that should be revisited on the big screen.


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