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Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 10 September 1958 (USA)
A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

Director:

Leslie Norman

Writers:

Trevor Dudley Smith (novel) (as Elleston Trevor), Ewan Butler (book) (as Lt. Col. Ewan Butler) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Corporal 'Tubby' Binns
Richard Attenborough ... John Holden
Bernard Lee ... Charles Foreman
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Private Mike
Ray Jackson Ray Jackson ... Private Barlow
Ronald Hines ... Private Miles
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Frankie
Roland Curram ... Private Harper
Meredith Edwards ... Private Dave Bellman
Michael Bates ... Airman Froome
Rodney Diak Rodney Diak ... Pannet
Michael Shillo Michael Shillo ... Jouvet
Eddie Byrne ... Commander - Tough's Yard
Maxine Audley ... Diana Foreman
Lionel Jeffries ... Colonel - Medical Officer
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Storyline

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 Paul Galpin <galpinp@sabc.co.za>

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Taglines:

Days That Shook the World! Victory Snatched From Disaster!

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dunkirk See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The gas mask that John Holden (Sir Richard Attenborough) fits on his child was one of thirty-eight million issued by Britain during the war. See more »

Goofs

When the soldiers spot the french farmhouse it has oast houses which only appear in Kent. See more »

Quotes

Soldier on beach:: I don't want to die.
Another soldier on beach: You might have to.
Soldier on beach:: I don't want to die.
Another soldier on beach: Shut up! You might bloody have to.
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Crazy Credits

After the title is shown, it stays on screen while the rest of the opening credits roll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Dunkirk (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Rabbit, Run
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
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Great unheralded war film
5 May 2012 | by scheelj1See all my reviews

See it – A surprisingly great war film, this movie tells two different stories. One is about a group of British soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, desperately trying to make their way to the French coast. Meanwhile, on the other side of the channel, English civilians bravely prepare to help with the mass evacuation at Dunkirk. Near the end, the two stories converge "Tarantino style." There aren't many household names in this one. Richard Attenborough headlines a cast of British actors that have recognizable faces but are relatively unknown to Americans. There is quite a bit of combat in the middle stage of the film as the British soldiers dart from hedge to farmhouse to avoid capture by the Jerries. The pace of the movie slows toward the end, but this is a historically accurate and memorable retelling of real heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. 3 out of 5 action rating.


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