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Dunkirk (1958)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Robert Urquhart ...
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Ray Jackson ...
Barlow
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Bellman
Anthony Nicholls ...
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Charles
Michael Shillo ...
Jouvet
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Sean Barrett ...
Frankie
Victor Maddern ...
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Maxine Audley ...
Diana
Flanagan and Allen ...
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Kenneth Cope ...
Lieutenant Lumpkin
Denys Graham ...
Fraser
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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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10 September 1958 (USA)  »

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Dunkerque  »

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Trivia

When the troopship taking the platoon home is bombed and sunk in Dunkirk harbour, the scene of the ship sinking is taken from the earlier film The Cruel Sea (1953) which depicts the sinking of HMS "Compass Rose". See more »

Goofs

Approx fifteen minutes into the film there is a montage of shots to represent the German attack on Belgium and France; May 1940. One shot shows a German Tiger Tank. The first Tigers didn't see action until late 1942. See more »

Quotes

Soldier on beach:: I don't want to die.
Another soldier on beach: You might have to.
Soldier on beach:: I don't want to die.
Another soldier on beach: Shut up! You might bloody have to.
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South of the Border
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Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
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Totally depressing account of the British defeat at Dunkirk
7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the years when I was an aficionado of war movies. Of course, most of the movies I saw showed the Allies winning the war. This one was totally different. The British were in retreat and were constantly being interdicted by artillery, tank fire, Messerschmits and Stuka dive bombers. Actually, I don't even remember German infantry engaging them. Of course in the end, they were evacuated by the Royal Navy with lots of assistance from civilian yachts, fishing boats and what have you.

The events at Dunkirk should be the subject of another major film, this time also showing the German side. It is a mystery to this day why the German Panzer divisions were halted by Hitler when they were well within striking distance of the almost helpless British armies. War historian Capt. Basil Liddel Hart recounting (The German Generals Talk) what German generals (Guderian, Runstedt et al) told him immediately after the war explained that Hitler wasn't keen on destroying the military might of the British. He allegedly believed that the British Empire was a stabilizing influence in the world. At the same time, he counted the British as among his concept of the Aryan race as they are descended from Germanic tribes. His wish was that the British would recognize the hegemony of Germany over mainland Europe.

Robert G.L Waite, however, in what may called a psychological-psychiatric biography of Hitler in his The Psychopathic God gives another explanation. In what may be viewed as an analysis based on Freud's (and also Jung's) belief in a death wish instinct in humans, he proposes that Hitler subconsciously wanted to fail at the very brink of his absolute triumph.


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