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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
Of the many destroyers present in Operation Dynamo, the last remaining one is the Polish ORP 'Blyskawica,' a Grom-class destroyer. During Dynamo, 'Blyskawica' was under Royal Navy control, although her crew continued to be Polish. 'Blyskawica' served with distinction well into the post-war era, and only decommissioned in 1976, after almost 40 years in service. She also holds the distinction of being the oldest preserved destroyer in the world and resides in Gdynia, Poland. See more »
As Tommy and Gibson are racing the wounded soldier on the stretcher to the ship early in the film, tire marks from the camera rig are clearly visible in the sand on both sides of the frame. See more »
[to French soldiers]
English! I'm English! Anglais!
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"This film is dedicated to all those whose lives were impacted by the events at Dunkirk." See more »
As the daughter of a man who fought in WW2, together with all other male relatives in our family, I was anxious to see this film which should have been both an emotional and educational experience. Sadly for us it was a disappointment and left us wondering exactly why the film is called "Dunkirk".
There are good performances and some emotional scenes, particularly at the beginning of the film. But the time line was so confusing and the beach was so empty considering that there were well over 300,000 men awaiting evacuation. And where were the 800+ small boats which sailed back and forward over a period of 8 days and, together with the larger British destroyers and merchant ships, saved almost 340,000 soldiers. We saw endless air battles which were beautifully filmed but weren't exciting or effective.
Finally the music - Hans Zimmer is a wonderful composer of film music and his creation for this film was effective. But why so loud and so much? It was almost impossible to hear some of the text and I'm astonished that a director of the caliber of Nolan thought that this would add to the tension. Sometimes silence says far more than the constant background of very loud music.
I presume that many of these things won't bother a younger audience but I believe that the story of Dunkirk deserved to be more accurate. The most annoying thing was the fact that in the brief introduction to the film, where there is an explanation as to the situation of the trapped soldiers, the enemy surrounding the soldiers is not named - they are just 'the enemy'. What happened to naming them as the German Army or the Nazi Army?
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