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10 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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Good account of the Dunkirk evacuation See more (18 total) »


  (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 »
Continuity: When the British squad retreats from the farm house, the back window changes from broken, to intact and back to broken.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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Good account of the Dunkirk evacuation, 4 June 2007
Author: jonesus from London, England

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!


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