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
Robert Urquhart ...
Mike
Ray Jackson ...
Barlow
Ronald Hines ...
Miles
Sean Barrett ...
Frankie
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Harper
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Bellman
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Froome
Rodney Diak ...
Pannet
Michael Shillo ...
Jouvet
Eddie Byrne ...
Commander - Tough's Yard
Maxine Audley ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque  »

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$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

When the platoon come under air attack at the farm (and their officer is killed), the aircraft attacking them seen head on is a Blenheim, an RAF light bomber, where as the aircraft shown flying away is a German Junkers 88. 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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Soundtracks

Run, Rabbit, Run
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
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Good account of the Dunkirk evacuation
4 June 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is worth seeing as a good account of the Dunkirk evacuation. John Mills gives a fine performance. I agree with a previous comment that more time could have been devoted to the actual evacuation. However the time devoted to the group of UK soldiers moving through France helps to show conditions for the French people. Someone asked about where the Lock was. The Lock on the Thames where the small boatyard scenes were filmed is Teddington Lock. the suspension footbridge is still there as is the weir. Toughs Boatyard which is referred to in the film was on the River Thames at Teddington opposite the lock, it is now I believe demolished and been replaced by riverside apartments. Other scenes were filmed by the River Thames at Twickenham, along the embankment by Twickenham's Eel Pie Island. This still looks pretty much the same if you go there now.(Except for all the parked cars!

John


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