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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 ... Mike
Ray Jackson ... Barlow
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Miles
Sean Barrett ... Frankie
Roland Curram ... Harper
Meredith Edwards ... Dave Bellman
Michael Bates ... 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:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dunkerque See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,025,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$310,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,060,000, 31 December 1958
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed 18 years after the events it depicts. See more »

Goofs

In the shot when the small boats leave the boatyard, they are actually heading away from London and towards Teddington Weir. See more »

Quotes

Merchant Seaman: It may be a phoney war to you, but it's not to all the blokes at sea. Never has been.
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After the title is shown, it stays on screen while the rest of the opening credits roll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bit Part (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Rabbit, Run
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
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blood,toil,tears and sweat
29 May 2006 | by lackname-1See all my reviews

The evacuation from Dunkirk was every bit as important as the Battle of Britain. If the British would have lost those 350,000 troops on the beaches they would almost certainly have lost the war. Those men couldn't be replaced at least not easily. A defeat like that would have ended everything. There would have been extreme pressure to make a deal with Hitler and end the war. Thankfully they didn't give up and stuck to the job and thankfully Hitler very stupidly pulled his panzer forces up short.

This movie has good acting by a good cast, but I've always felt it could have been done better. Dunkirk is a subject that should be revisited on the big screen.


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