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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Although most of the violence is bloodless a lot of the carnage is very stressful and brutal in a sense mainly knowing that people were either burned, drowned, shot, or crushed.
  • Dunkirk contains intense and realistic sequences of war violence with many casualties by shooting, drowning, burning, and explosion shown. However, the film never lingers on the deaths and avoids showing blood and gore almost entirely.
  • A group of soldiers are shot at by their enemies, no blood, but most of them are killed
  • A group of soldiers are bombed by a plane, the explosions are very loud and some are implied to be killed.
  • A man is seen burying a dead man.
  • A ship is hit by several bombs and ends up sinking while several men attempt to get away.
  • A man is implied to have had his leg crushed by a ship. Nothing is seen, but he screams in pain.
  • A ship is hit by a torpedo and sunk. We see several people trapped inside and panicking as it fills with water. A man opens a door, allowing some of the people to escape, but it's implied that the rest of them end up drowning.
  • A group of men get trapped in a boat that's shot at repeatedly. One man is shot in the hand and screams in pain.
  • A man is threatened with a gun, though he doesn't end up getting shot at.
  • A man gets trapped in a plane that sinks as he struggles to break free. He nearly drowns, but is saved by another man.
  • A ship is hit by several bombs and ends up sinking. Several men are seen attempting to escape from it as it sinks.
  • An oil spill is hit by a plane that explodes, causing a massive fire to erupt. Several men are seen getting engulfed in flames, though some manage to survive.


  • The word "Fuck" is used 5 times. However, 2 are mouthed by the same man in the boat. He mouths a soldier to "Shut the fuck up" and the other to "get the fuck up there."
  • 2 uses of shit.
  • 1 mouthed "shut the f*ck up"
  • 2 uses of Bloody
  • Four uses of the "f-word" but you can't hear the first one very well, one use of "bastard", a couple uses of "God dammit" and two uses of "Christ."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Soldiers are given celebratory alcohol at the film's close.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a lot of violence.
  • The whole film is impeccably intense in its nature. The displays of warfare can be particularly distressing although blood and gore is never really shown.
  • The character of the 'Shivering Soldier' is perceived as an analogy for shell-shocked soldiers as a result of warfare in WWII. His character suffers from PTSD.
  • The film is intended to be realistic and demonstrate the stressful nature of warfare on those fighting it.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A teen boy is accidentally thrown down stairs and hits his head on a door, giving him a severe concussion and blinding him. Another teen boy attempts to bandage him up, with some blood seen. The boy is later revealed to have died as a result of this.
  • A man gets his leg tangled in chains and is trapped in a sinking boat. It is implied that he drowned.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending where a 'Spitfire flyer' is taken captive by the Germans may be emotionally intense.
  • The scene when George dies is very intense for some viewers.

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