as one of the most authentic
representations of World War II, Dunkirk
is an amazing piece of historical
drama, all the more fascinating as the
remarkable events leading up to
Operation Dynamo were filmed just
over a decade after peace was restored
to a beleaguered Blighty...
FOLLOWING THE ASTONISHING, true-life facts leading up to Operation Dynamo,
the rescue of British and allied forces from Nazi-occupied France, the classic
1958 wartime epic Dunkirk is considered to be one of the most accurate
depictions of the brutality of war and the bravery of men prepared to lay down
their lives for their country.
The interesting perspective on the war begins at the start of Dunkirk
with a film within a film of news of progress and the rallying cry of "look
out, Hitler, here we come!" With the Germans in Norway and Denmark and closing
in on the British army in France, Britain's co-operation with occupied France
is now boosted by the allies.
is a moving
and dramatic journey
into the annals
a riveting movie...
the newsreel is John Holden (Richard Attenborough: Brighton Rock; The Great
Escape), who owns a buckle-making factory and is concerned about his wife
Grace (Patricia Plunkett), who has not long given birth to their first child.
His friend Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) is also there, later joined by his
wife Diana (Maxine Audley). They seem as far away from the conflict as they
could possibly be, but both men are about to become heavily involved, with their
acts of heroism that has defined the war.
In France, the British troops have been given the order to pull back and a group
of soldiers led by Corporal "Tubby" Binns (John Mills: Ice Cold In Alex;
Goodbye Mr Chips; Great Expectations) become separated from their unit when
they stay behind to blow up a bridge in an attempt to prevent the Germans from
crossing the river and overwhelming the British troops as they retreat.
Tubby and his men race away from the bridge hoping to catch up with their unit
but are blocked by refugees fleeing from the approaching enemy with whatever
belongings they can carry. They are strafed by a German fighter plane and suffer
a number of casualties. Coming across another British unit, they are given food
and rest before setting off again only to rush headlong into German troops and
then to be cornered by the enemy after they take refuge in an abandoned French
farmhouse, where tragedy strikes.
The war-weary Tubby is determined to get his exhausted men to safety, leading
them towards the coast where Britain is preparing to rescue the Expeditionary
Forces from the beach at Dunkirk, and where they will face further danger and
There are not enough military ships in Britain to take all the British and allied
troops back home to safety and it would be perilous to send warships too far
towards the French coast. Finally "anything that floats" is to be commandeered
for Operation Dynamo, the rescue mission and the positive response of
the British people is astounding.
Highly charged and emotive scenes of the little ships and their owners sailing
up the Thames past Tower Bridge and leaving Ramsgate Harbour before heading
out to sea are followed by even more poignant scenes of rescues and further
losses as, under heavy fire, thousands of servicemen struggle to board the rescue
Injured and shocked, battle-scarred soldiers arrive safely back in England against
impossible odds. Both John Holden, helped by his young friend Frankie (Sean
Barrett), and Charles Foreman have taken their own boats to join the 'little
The rescue scenes are riveting and emotional; part of British and World history
and based heavily on a true story representing the heroism of those who fought
the war and those who risked their lives to help bring back the wounded and
Vice Admiral Ramsay (Nicholas Hannen) reminds his men that "the French are doing
their best. They've had heavy losses, too". This also serves as a reminder of
the outstanding courage of the French Resistance, the French army and the unsung
heroes and heroines among the people.
Considered to be one of the most authentic representations of conflict during
World War II, Dunkirk is a moving and dramatic journey into the annals
of history and a riveting movie to boot. Without doubt it is a film for any
collection that should not be missed.
With a cast that includes genuine army officers, Dunkirk also features:
Robert Urquhart as Mike; Ray Jackson as Barlow; Ronald Hines as Miles; Roland
Curran as Harper; Meredith Edwards as Dave Bellman; Michael Bates as Froome;
Michel Shillo as Jouvet; Rodney Diak as Pennet; Eddie Byrne as Commander, Tough's
Yard; Lionel Jeffries as Colonel, Medical Officer; Victor Maddern as Merchant
Seaman; Kenneth Cope as Lt Lumpkin; Denys Graham as Fraser; Barry Foster as
Don; Dan Cressy as Joe; and Patrick Allen as Sergeant on Parade Ground.
Music is by Malcolm Arnold, Played by The Sinfonia of London; Music Director
is Dock Mathieson; Director of Photography is Paul Beeson, BSC; Screenplay is
by David Divine and W P Lipscomb; Technical Advisors are Lt Col Ewan Butler
and Lt Cdr John Pidler, DSC, RN (Ret'd); Associate Producer; and Directed by
Leslie Norman (The Long, The Short And The Tall).
announces the release of the new restoration of Leslie Norman's remarkable classic
wartime epic Dunkirk (1958), on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download in
the UK on 25 September 2017.
DVD & Blu-ray Details: Certificate: PG | Running Time: 134 Minutes Approximately
| Extras: Interview With Actor Sean Barrett (Frankie) | Dunkirk Operation Dynamo
Newsreel | Young Veteran Ealing Short | John Mills Home Movie Footage | Behind
The Scenes Stills Gallery.
"Dunkirk is a moving and dramatic journey into the annals of history
and a riveting movie. Without doubt it is a film for any collection" *****
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
EALING STUDIOS' DUNKIRK (1958) is released in the UK as part of STUDIOCANAL'S
Vintage Classics Collection: a showcase of iconic British films, all fully restored
and featuring brand new extra content: facebook.com/vintageclassicfilm.
The film premiered at a special event, on the very beaches of Camber Sands where
it was shot, back in September. The event was produced in association with The
Luna Cinema and The Vintage Festival and was part of the Britain On Film collection:
Coast and Sea.
As well as the screening, it was preceded by archive short films, including
a specially compiled montage of footage from the local coastal area at the time
of the production by Screen Archive South East.
The event was been made possible as part of a special programme of screenings
and events taking place at coastal locations around the UK, stage supported
by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), organisations with funds from the National
Lottery and led by Film Hub Central East (Broadway Cinema Nottingham) to launch
BFI's Britain on Film Coast and Sea Collection.