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Duinkerken (1958)

Dunkirk (original title)
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 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:

18 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 May 1959 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Duinkerken 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

The initial scriptwriter was R.C. Sherriff, whose early versions of the script included another set of characters, a family of French farmers caught between the retreating allies and the advancing German forces, which were to be used to flesh out the involvement of the French in the retreat. However, Sherriff's services were dispensed with in mid 1956, and the final script as the shot was written by David Divine (later to become the Sunday Times defense correspondent) with the French characters omitted. See more »

Goofs

When the squad reach the deserted farmhouse, Corporal Binns (John Mills) approaches the door and attempts to kick it open. He clearly doesn't get enough purchase on it and the door barely moves, however it continues to open on its own. Mills actually realises whats happening and pushes his rifle into the door in an attempt to disguise that the door is being pulled open from the inside. See more »

Quotes

Corporal 'Tubby' Binns: What about all of this?
Charles Foreman: Stupidity. Everybody saying that war was so terrible it couldn't happen again. And shoving our heads in the sand, like a lot of ostriches. Well, the Germans didn't think that way. To them, war meant guns or butter. They chose guns. We chose butter. No, you can't blame the Army. They had what we gave them - last war weapons, last war methods. This is the result.
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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

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Soundtracks

Run, Rabbit, Run
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Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
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One of the best war movies I have ever seen.
7 February 2007 | by The_Ringo_KidSee all my reviews

Dunkirk is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. It was nice to see Sir John Mills in one of his best if not-THE best roles he ever was in. The makers of this fine film did a most excellent job in portraying as accurately as possible; the terrible events that made up Dunkirk.

The cast was excellent and I am of the opinion that Leonard Maltin (a film critic) really does not know what he is talking about--especially when it comes to this fantastic classic movie. The cast was also superb.

This movie centers around the events that made up Dunkirk and was very accurately portrayed. It was because of this film that one learns that Mr. Lightholler (of Titanic fame) risked his own neck and boat in order to make that trip across the English Channel and to help out in the evacuation of British and French Soldiers; off Dunkirk Beach.

Somebody PLEASE release this film on DVD. I have not had the pleasure of seeing this film in many years and would sure love to see it again.


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