In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Evacuation of Allied soldiers from the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.Written by
Christopher Nolan, along with his wife Emma Thomas and a friend, made the crossing from England to Dunkirk on a boat, the way the civilians would have done during the original evacuation. Nolan said it took 19 hours because of sea conditions. See more »
The railway carriages in the final scenes date from the 1950s and have seat patterns from the 1980s. See more »
[to French soldiers]
English! I'm English! Anglais!
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"The producers would like to thank all the veterans of Operation Dynamo who contributed to the making of this film by sharing their memories and insights from the events of 26th May - 4th June 1940." See more »
Would Dunkirk have received the same ratings and reviews if another director's name were attached to it? We both know the answer to that.
The Dunkirk evacuation was described by Churchill as a miracle. Hundreds of thousands of men were evacuated from a seemingly hopeless position by a fleet of over 800 boats. Christopher Nolan's latest movie fails to capture the magnitude of what really happened during that week in 1940. Instead we see a few hundred, maybe a few thousand men being rescued from a beach. It was a nice rescue story but that's all it was - there was nothing "miraculous" about it and I didn't really care for any of the characters.
Decent movie, but I was forcing myself to like it because it's Christopher Nolan. The truth is, if the same exact movie was made by another director - maybe a new director - the ratings and reviews would be saying something entirely different. This is nowhere near the greatest war film of all time, in fact, it's not even the greatest war film of the last 12 months. That would go to Hacksaw Ridge.
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