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10 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Mills ... Binns
Robert Urquhart ... Mike
Ray Jackson ... Barlow
Meredith Edwards ... Dave Bellman
Anthony Nicholls ... Military Spokesman

Bernard Lee ... Charles
Michael Shillo ... Jouvet

Richard Attenborough ... Holden
Sean Barrett ... Frankie
Victor Maddern ... Merchant Seaman
Maxine Audley ... Diana
Flanagan and Allen ... Themselves
Kenneth Cope ... Lieutenant Lumpkin
Denys Graham ... Fraser

Barry Foster ... Don R
Warwick Ashton ... Battery Sergeant Major
Peter Halliday ... Battery Major
Ronald Hines ... Miles

Roland Curram ... Harper
John Welsh ... Staff Colonel
Lloyd Lamble ... Staff Colonel
Cyril Raymond ... General The Viscount Gort V.C.
Nicholas Hannen ... Vice Admiral Ramsay
Eddie Byrne ... Commander - Tough's Yard
Patricia Plunkett ... Grace
Michael Gwynn ... Commander - Sheerness

Michael Bates ... Froome
Rodney Diak ... Pannet
Fred Griffiths ... Old Sweat
Dan Gressy ... Joe
Christopher Rhodes ... Sergeant on the Beaches

Lionel Jeffries ... Colonel - Medical Officer
Harry Landis ... Dr. Levy
John Horsley ... Padre
Patrick Allen ... Sergeant on Parade Ground
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chesney Allen ... Music Hall Performer (uncredited)
Joss Ambler ... Small Boat Owner (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bernard Cribbins ... Thirsty Sailor (uncredited)
Bob Danvers Walker ... Newsreel Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Denton ... Henry (uncredited)
Bud Flanagan ... Music Hall Performer (uncredited)
Liz Fraser ... Worker in Holden's Factory (uncredited)
Thomas Graham ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Barry Keegan ... Surgeon Left Behind (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Small Boat Owner (uncredited)
Philip Ray ... Extra (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Michael Shepley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Harold Siddons ... Doctor (uncredited)
William Squire ... Captain (uncredited)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Sergeant in Cookhouse (uncredited)
Tim Turner ... Officer (line of men in sea) (uncredited)
Mona Washbourne ... Worker Who Speaks to Holden (uncredited)
Peter Williams ... Officer at Ramsey's H.Q. (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Norman 
Writing credits
Trevor Dudley Smith (novel "The Big Pickup") (as Elleston Trevor)

Ewan Butler (book "Dunkirk") (as Lt. Col. Ewan Butler) and
J.S. Bradford (book "Dunkirk") (as Major J.S. Bradford M.B.E. M.C.)

David Divine (screenplay) and
W.P. Lipscomb (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Michael Forlong .... associate producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gordon Stone 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Jim Morahan 
Costume Design by
Ivy Baker 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
Norman Priggen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Birkett .... assistant director
Art Department
Mickey O'Toole .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Norman King .... sound recordist
Alastair McIntyre .... sound editor
Lionel Selwyn .... sound editor
Tom Priestley .... second assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Fred Hellenburgh .... special effects
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugh Wilson .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Dock Mathieson .... music director
Sinfonia of London .... music player
Other crew
Ewan Butler .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Ewan Butler)
John Fidler .... technical advisor (as Lt. Cdr. John Fidler)
Lee Turner .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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134 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1994) | USA:Approved (PCA #18714)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: Approx fifteen minutes into the film there is a montage of shots to represent the German attack on Belgium and France; May 1940. One shot shows a German Tiger Tank. The first Tigers didn't see action until late 1942.See more »
Merchant Seaman:It may be a phoney war to you, but it's not to all the blokes at sea. Never has been.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Why did the Germans achieve such an overwhelming victory?
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Concise account of the real thing., 22 January 1999

This presents a concise account of the Dunkirk operation. It avoids the "stuff upper lip" mentality that was present in a great deal of British War films of this time (with some exceptions). The film presents two separate stories around the Dunkirk operation: the lost soldiers (led by the NCO John Mills) and the cynical civilian reporter (Bernard Lee). They finally meet up on the beach at Dunkirk. A very well directed Ealing Film.

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