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.

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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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Days That Shook the World! Victory Snatched From Disaster!

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When the troopship taking the platoon home is bombed and sunk in Dunkirk harbour, the scene of the ship sinking is taken from the earlier film The Cruel Sea (1953) which depicts the sinking of HMS "Compass Rose". See more »

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The Vickers gun being fired by the Dunkirk rearguard is just having a belt of ammunition fed through it. Cartridges are still in the belt coming out of the gun (they would be ejected separately). See more »

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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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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
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Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Music by Manning Sherwin
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What a WWII movie should be
20 December 2002 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

A simple film, two stories, soldiers and civilians who did what needed to be done. None of the romance of "Mrs Minnever," but moving nonetheless.

I appreciated this film all the more for having seen "Pearl Harbor" a few months ago. I gave "Dunkirk" 8/10, maybe a little generous, because of the attention to detail and accuracy. The acting was better than adequate, and it was wonderful to see a youngish Bernard Lee. He was 49 when this film was released in 1958 -- there is a gap in his filmography from 41 to 45, so he probably served in the war... as did many of the other actors.


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