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Dunkirk (1958)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  10 September 1958 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Urquhart ...
Mike
Ray Jackson ...
Barlow
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Bellman
Anthony Nicholls ...
Military Spokesman
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Charles
Michael Shillo ...
Jouvet
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Holden
Sean Barrett ...
Frankie
Victor Maddern ...
Merchant Seaman
Maxine Audley ...
Diana
Flanagan and Allen ...
Themselves
Kenneth Cope ...
Lieutenant Lumpkin
Denys Graham ...
Fraser
...
Don R
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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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10 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

The command center used by Vice Admiral Ramsey is the actual bunker used during the operation. It's part of a large underground complex beneath Dover Castle, it's open to the public, the balcony in the cliffs is visible from the ferry terminal below. See more »

Goofs

During the artillery action early in the film, a tree falls over a few seconds before it is "hit" by a shell. 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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Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

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South of the Border
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
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Concise account of the real thing.

This presents a concise account of the Dunkirk operation. It avoids the "stuff upper lip" mentality that was present in a great deal of British War films of this time (with some exceptions). The film presents two separate stories around the Dunkirk operation: the lost soldiers (led by the NCO John Mills) and the cynical civilian reporter (Bernard Lee). They finally meet up on the beach at Dunkirk. A very well directed Ealing Film.


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