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Dunkirk (2017)

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Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

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Christopher Nolan
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 212 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fionn Whitehead ... Tommy
Damien Bonnard ... French Soldier
Aneurin Barnard ... Gibson
Lee Armstrong Lee Armstrong ... Grenadier
James Bloor ... Irate Soldier
Barry Keoghan ... George
Mark Rylance ... Mr. Dawson
Tom Glynn-Carney ... Peter
Tom Hardy ... Farrier
Jack Lowden ... Collins
Luke Thompson Luke Thompson ... Warrant Officer
Michel Biel Michel Biel ... French Soldier 2
Constantin Balsan Constantin Balsan ... French Soldier 3
Billy Howle ... Petty Officer
Mikey Collins ... Soldier
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Storyline

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 Harvey

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Netherlands | France | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodega Bay See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£10,023,720 (United Kingdom), 23 July 2017, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,513,488, 23 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$188,373,161

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$525,573,161
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (5.1)| Sonics-DDP | Dolby Digital | SDDS | IMAX 6-Track | Auro 11.1 | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Told from three points of view: on the beach with the infantry (including Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles), the evacuation by the navy (featuring Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance, showing how civilians came to the rescue) and then in the air (with Tom Hardy engaging in plane combat). Speaking about the narrative structure in "Premiere" magazine, Christopher Nolan stated: "For the soldiers who embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; and if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British Spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; even if the story is very simple. Do not repeat it to the studio: it will be my most experimental film." See more »

Goofs

The film shows several vehicles of a later second world war type. Understandably, period vehicles are difficult to come by, the vast majority having been either destroyed, scrapped, or simply rotted away at the time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy: [to French soldiers] English! I'm English! Anglais!
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Crazy Credits

"The following Dunkirk little ships recreated their courageous and historic journey for this film: Caronia, Elvin, Endeavour, Hilfranor, Mary Jane, Mimosa, MTB 102, New Britannic, Nyula, Papillon, Princess Elizabeth, RIIS I" See more »

Alternate Versions

In Spain, the film was projected on 2.35:1 screens in the 2.20:1 aspect ratio. But the film was finally projected with black bars on the four sides of the screen. This same situation happened with and just before the film started a text appeared on the screen explaining the 2.00:1 aspect ratio fitting on the 2.35:1 screen adding black bars up an down. didn't show any explanation before the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in ITV Evening News: Episode dated 13 July 2017 (2017) See more »

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The Oil
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Forget it's Christopher Nolan for a moment
25 July 2017 | by shammaarb-47379See all my reviews

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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