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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

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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque  »

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Budget:

$1,025,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the British squad retreats from the farm house, the back window changes from broken, to intact and back to broken. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Dunkirk (2017) See more »

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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