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18 February 2004 (UK) See more »
A dramatised documentary about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May 1940. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Timothy Dalton ... Narrator (voice)

Simon Russell Beale ... Winston Churchill

Clive Brunt ... Pte Alf Tombs

Phil Cornwell ... Harry Noakes

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Lt Jimmy Langley

Ricci Harnett ... Guardsman Desmond Thorogood

Nicholas Jones ... Maj Angus McCorquodale

Michael Legge ... LCpl Wilf Saunders
James Loye ... Sub Lt David Mellis RN

Kevin McNally ... Maj Gen Harold Alexander (as Kevin R. McNally)

Roland Manookian ... Frankie Osborne
Alex Noodle ... Lukie Osborne

Adrian Rawlins ... Capt Bill Tennant RN

Rick Warden ... Maj Philip Newman RAMC
Ben Abell ... Cpl Gill

Nicholas Asbury ... Capt Michael Denny RN
Richard Attlee ... Clement Attlee MP

Alex Avery ... Capt J Hendry
Mark Bagnall ... Pte Robert Garside
Nick Bagnall ... Leading Seaman Harold Porter

Richard Bremmer ... Vice Adm Sir Bertram Ramsay RN
Osmund Bullock ... Col G H P Whitfield
John Carlisle ... Gen Lord Gort VC
Samantha Cooper ... Lukie's Girlfriend

Richard Durden ... Lord Halifax
Jack Fortune ... Anthony Eden MP
Christopher Good ... Neville Chamberlain MP
Glyn Grimstead ... Donah Osborne

William Hope ... Cdr J Clouston RN
Julian Kerridge ... Cpl Tich Humphreys

Geoffrey Kirkness ... Vice Adm Tom Phillips RN

Joseph Mawle ... Lt Ian Cox RN
Sid Mitchell ... Pete Osborne
Scott Moutter ... Pte G D S Gould (as Scott James Moutter)
Sean Murray ... Capt Tom Halsey RN
Michael O'Connor ... Rev (Maj) Cockie O'Shea CF
André Oumansky ... Adm Jean Abrial

Lee Ross ... Sgt Moore
Richard De Sousa ... Pte J Short

Richard Sutton ... Signalman Clive Tonry

Daniel Weyman ... Capt James Lynn-Allen
Clive Wood ... Lt Gen Henry Pownall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Alex Holmes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Holmes 
Neil McKay 
Lisa Osborne 

Produced by
Mike Dormer .... executive producer
Peter Lovering .... executive producer
Laura Mackie .... executive producer
Miara Martell .... line producer
Robert Warr .... producer (as Rob Warr)
Original Music by
Samuel Sim 
Cinematography by
Graham Smith 
Film Editing by
Oliver Huddleston  (as Ollie Huddleston)
Julian Rodd 
Casting by
Jennifer Duffy 
Production Design by
Maurice Cain 
Art Direction by
Michael Fleischer (supervising art director)
Karl Probert (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Stefaan Lejon 
Costume Design by
Jo Rainforth 
Makeup Department
Nicola Mansell .... hair stylist
Nicola Mansell .... makeup artist
Anne Oldham .... hair designer
Anne Oldham .... makeup designer
Alex Volpe .... hair stylist
Alex Volpe .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Cherrill .... unit production manager: Belgium
Victoria Gregory .... unit production manager: UK
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucy Amor .... second assistant director
Stuart Edwards .... first assistant director
Ben Harrison .... third assistant director
Andreas Petrides .... action unit director
Art Department
Oliver Carroll .... assistant art director
Terry Jones .... production buyer
Shay Leonard .... props
Graham Ward .... props: UK
Kurt Rigolle .... art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Barnes .... dialogue editor
Stuart Bruce .... sound recordist
Richard Finney .... boom operator
Bob Jackson .... sound re-recording mixer
Johan Maertens .... boom operator
Tom O'Pray .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician
Ken Lailey .... special effects supervisor
Alastair Vardy .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Loraine Cooper .... digital compositor
Oliver Money .... visual effects producer
Glen Swetez .... visual effects supervisor: MPC
Kim Taylor .... digital artist
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects coordinator
Andy Bennett .... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides .... stunt action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Sue Cane .... second camera operator
Geoff Holloway .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steve O'Sullivan .... wardrobe master
Philip Rainforth .... assistant costume designer
Location Management
Paul de Ruijter .... location manager
Bart Eycken .... location manager
Ian Pollington .... location manager
Music Department
Samuel Sim .... conductor
Transportation Department
Martin Alderdice .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Fiona Clarke .... production executive
Katleen Goossens .... production accountant
Wim Goossens .... assistant production accountant
Tess Malone .... script supervisor
Kieron O'Keefe .... consultant
Davina Van Belle .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

180 min (3 parts)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Clement Attlee is played by his real life grandson, Richard Attlee.See more »
Factual errors: Although a major-general at the time, Alexander wears full general's rank insignia.See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Drama Documentary at its Best, 14 April 2008
Author: rnrx from Fife

The drama-documentary Dunkirk (2004) was, in my opinion, the finest example of the genre produced by the BBC and was well reviewed by John Keegan of The Telegraph, whose article of 19/02/04 may still be found on the web, although I could not agree with his suggestion that our men were pasty-faced, underfed soldiers not well represented by modern fresh-faced actors, for most of those I saw as a boy during the war, before and after Dunkirk, were neither pale nor hungry; but those of the BEF who formed an army in retreat and rout and who suffered strafing, hunger and fatigue on the beeches as they awaited embarkation, death or surrender, were no doubt not in the best of physical form.

The quality of this production, its direction and the performance of the cast were beyond reproach and should not have been the target of petty criticism. There were so many really excellent, convincing representations of personnel ranging from soldiers to generals and cabinet ministers that one is reluctant to select any of them for special mention, but among the actors whose roles were portrayed with startling realism were Benedict Cumberbatch as Lt Jimmy Langley, James Loye as Lt David Mellis RN (bearing a strong resemblance to the man whose part he played and, in one scene, carrying a photograph of the real Mrs Mellis, as she was in 1940), Adrian Rawlins as Capt Bill Tennant RN, Beechmaster, Simon Russell Beale as Winston Churchill, all outstanding performances.

The interpolation of archive film was very well done and enhanced the general picture of violent action at sea, the plight of the army, and the huge scale of the operations managed and co-ordinated by the Royal Navy, including those of inshore fishing vessels and other small craft. The disembarkations at Dover (including, I think, those of troops rescued by HMS Malcolm and piped ashore by Lt Mellis) and their entrainment for London could not have been more appropriate or more relevant to the drama, which seemed to fill in the gaps between main events and to inform us of the experiences of individuals and the roles of senior officers and politicians who played a part in the evacuation.

My only complaint is that this great work is not available on DVD.

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