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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 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)  »

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Dunkerque  »

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Trivia

Strand Quay, on the west side of the town of Rye, was used for the Dunkirk perimeter. In one shot the top of St. Mary's Parish Church may be spotted and in another we get a glimpse of the famous Mermaid Street in the background. 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

Featured in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
(uncredited)
Music by Manning Sherwin
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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A great British war movie
13 November 2009 | by (Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

Dunkirk is one of the best war movies ever made.

John Mills puts in a great performance as Tubby Binns, as does Bernard Lee as private boat owner "doing his bit" for the country. I thought some of the best scenes were around the battle with the artillery battery in the woods. Some good special effects and totally believable scenes. The futility of war is also shown to good effect when the Stukas arrive and bomb the battery.

One thing that really amazed me, was the inclusion of a "real" German halftrack during the scene where the bridge was being demolished. For a '50's war movie this is a special treat, much better than seeing the usual American halftracks with big crosses on their sides.

All in all, one of my favourite war movies, one that somehow captures the ambiance of those terrible times.


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