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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

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John Holden
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Charles Foreman
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Mike
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Barlow
Ronald Hines ...
Miles
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Frankie
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Harper
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Dave Bellman
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Froome
Rodney Diak ...
Pannet
Michael Shillo ...
Jouvet
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Commander - Tough's Yard
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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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10 September 1958 (USA)  »

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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

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

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

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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Crazy Credits

After the title is shown, it stays on screen while the rest of the opening credits roll. See more »

Connections

Version of Dunkirk (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
(uncredited)
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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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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