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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Sean Barrett ...
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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Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque  »

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Budget:

$1,025,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The gas mask that Richard Attenborough fits on his child was one of 38 million issued by Britain during the war. See more »

Goofs

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

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Soundtracks

We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
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blood,toil,tears and sweat
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The evacuation from Dunkirk was every bit as important as the Battle of Britain. If the British would have lost those 350,000 troops on the beaches they would almost certainly have lost the war. Those men couldn't be replaced at least not easily. A defeat like that would have ended everything. There would have been extreme pressure to make a deal with Hitler and end the war. Thankfully they didn't give up and stuck to the job and thankfully Hitler very stupidly pulled his panzer forces up short.

This movie has good acting by a good cast, but I've always felt it could have been done better. Dunkirk is a subject that should be revisited on the big screen.


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