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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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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?

When the troopship taking the platoon home is bombed and sunk in Dunkirk harbour, the scene of the ship sinking is taken from the earlier film The Cruel Sea (1953) which depicts the sinking of HMS "Compass Rose".See more »
Errors in geography: In the shot when the small boats leave the boatyard, they are actually heading away from London and towards Teddington Weir.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:
Referenced in The Bit Part (1987)See more »
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Why did the Germans achieve such an overwhelming victory?
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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Nation Mobilized, 13 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

My favorite story of heroism in the 20th century happens to be the evacuation of the bulk of the British army from the beaches at Dunkirk. There was the United Kingdom which if they had not been rescued probably would have had to sue for peace with Nazi Germany despite Mr. Churchill's intentions to fight. The United Kingdom would have had nothing to fight with and World War II would have been over on the western front.

The Dunkirk story was touched on briefly in the American cinema in William Wyler's Mrs. Miniver. Walter Pidgeon who owned a small craft was asked to meet some friends at a local pub. Turns out they wanted him and his boat to cross the English channel and evacuate troops. It's one of the great scenes from that film boats feeding in from every tributary of Thames and the flotilla sailing out to sea. But it's only part of Mrs. Miniver.

The story is told from the perspective of the high command, but also from the ordinary tommy and from the civilians who helped. John Mills is a corporal who leads his small squad out of certain capture from the Germans. Richard Attenborough is a small craft owner like Walter Pidgeon who is a timid and frightened man, but summons up enough courage to help his country out in its darkest hour. Bernard Lee is a reporter who goes along with Attenborough to cover the story. All three meet on the beach at Dunkirk and go to the fates that await them and their country.

My favorite in the film is Attenborough, he plays his role with real conviction, representing as it were, the courage and determination of a people united to repel an evil.

Make no mistake about it, with the Royal Navy up over its head in other commitments, those people like Richard Attenborough in saving John Mills and others like him saved civilization itself. In many ways civilization owes them more than even the men of the RAF because they weren't in the armed forces, but civilians fighting for their homes and families as we did not see the like before or since.

Dunkirk is one of the best war films ever to come from the United Kingdom and a worthy tribute to the small boat owners who saved their army and their nation.

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