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:
John Holden
Charles Foreman
Robert Urquhart ...
Ray Jackson ...
Ronald Hines ...
Sean Barrett ...
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Bellman
Rodney Diak ...
Michael Shillo ...
Eddie Byrne ...
Commander - Tough's Yard
Maxine Audley ...
Diana Foreman
Colonel - Medical Officer


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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Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque  »

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$1,025,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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During the press conference, a French reporter (uncredited) asks a question. His voice was dubbed over using animated voice legend, Paul Frees. Frees' voice was often used in post production; especially with foreign accents. See more »


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


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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One of the best war movies I have ever seen.
7 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dunkirk is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. It was nice to see Sir John Mills in one of his best if not-THE best roles he ever was in. The makers of this fine film did a most excellent job in portraying as accurately as possible; the terrible events that made up Dunkirk.

The cast was excellent and I am of the opinion that Leonard Maltin (a film critic) really does not know what he is talking about--especially when it comes to this fantastic classic movie. The cast was also superb.

This movie centers around the events that made up Dunkirk and was very accurately portrayed. It was because of this film that one learns that Mr. Lightholler (of Titanic fame) risked his own neck and boat in order to make that trip across the English Channel and to help out in the evacuation of British and French Soldiers; off Dunkirk Beach.

Somebody PLEASE release this film on DVD. I have not had the pleasure of seeing this film in many years and would sure love to see it again.

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