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
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The command center used by Vice Admiral Ramsey (Nicholas Hannen) was the actual bunker used during the operation. It's part of a large underground complex beneath Dover Castle. It's open to the public. The balcony in the cliffs is visible from the ferry terminal below. See more »
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 »
[after Luftwaffe planes have strafed a road with fleeing civilians]
That's murder. Sheer murder. I hope somebody knows what they're doing.
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After the title is shown, it stays on screen while the rest of the opening credits roll. See more »
A simple film, two stories, soldiers and civilians who did what needed to be done. None of the romance of "Mrs Minnever," but moving nonetheless.
I appreciated this film all the more for having seen "Pearl Harbor" a few months ago. I gave "Dunkirk" 8/10, maybe a little generous, because of the attention to detail and accuracy. The acting was better than adequate, and it was wonderful to see a youngish Bernard Lee. He was 49 when this film was released in 1958 -- there is a gap in his filmography from 41 to 45, so he probably served in the war... as did many of the other actors.
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