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Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 21 July 2017 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
French Soldier
Lee Armstrong ...
Luke Thompson ...
Warrant Officer
Michel Biel ...
French Soldier 2
Constantin Balsan ...
French Soldier 3
Petty Officer


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hope is a weapon. Survival is victory. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bodega Bay  »


Box Office


$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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(5.1)| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


American billionaire Dan Friedkin, an avid vintage military aviation collector, allowed the production to use two Mk1 Spitfires from his collection for the film. The planes are valued at $5 million each, and his collection is so large that the only person who owns more Spitfires than him is the Queen. See more »


In the beach scene, there is no sand in the man's hair after he stands up, though he is clearly rained on by a shower of sand from the nearby explosion just moments before. See more »


[first lines]
Tommy: [to French soldiers] English! I'm English! Anglais!
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There are no opening credits, except for the film's title. See more »


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A Strange Mixture of Emotion and Noise
22 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

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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