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Dunkirk (1958)

 -  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
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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

Jack Hawkins was asked to play Charles Foreman 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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Referenced in The Bit Part (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
*uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
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Great unheralded war film
5 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

See it – A surprisingly great war film, this movie tells two different stories. One is about a group of British soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, desperately trying to make their way to the French coast. Meanwhile, on the other side of the channel, English civilians bravely prepare to help with the mass evacuation at Dunkirk. Near the end, the two stories converge "Tarantino style." There aren't many household names in this one. Richard Attenborough headlines a cast of British actors that have recognizable faces but are relatively unknown to Americans. There is quite a bit of combat in the middle stage of the film as the British soldiers dart from hedge to farmhouse to avoid capture by the Jerries. The pace of the movie slows toward the end, but this is a historically accurate and memorable retelling of real heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. 3 out of 5 action rating.


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