Dunkirk

  • PG
  • Leslie Norman (1958)
  • UK
  • 129 min
Dunkirk
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Produced by Michael Balcon, this Ealing reconstruction of the evacuation of Dunkirk is impressive in its scale and authenticity, but slightly disappointing in its writing and execution. John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee scarcely have to act as their respective parts - a corporal lost on the beaches, a snivelling stay-at-home and a cynical reporter - are so cleverly tailor-made. Director Leslie Norman handles the manoeuvres with skill and does well to maintain the docudramatic feel, in spite of some shoddy dialogue, but his approach is too reverential and too eager to inspire rather than inform or engross.

Plot Summary

Epic Second World War drama starring John Mills, Bernard Lee and Richard Attenborough. In 1940, more than 338,000 retreating Allied troops were evacuated from the beaches around Dunkirk. This film re-creates the daring operation from the perspective of the soldiers who were there as well as the men who set sail from England to rescue them.

Cast and crew

Cast

Binns
John Mills
Charles Foreman
Bernard Lee
Holden
Richard Attenborough
Mike
Robert Urquhart
Barlow
Ray Jackson
Dave Bellman
Meredith Edwards
Military spokesman
Anthony Nicholls
Jouvet
Michael Shillo
Frankie
Sean Barrett (1)
Diana
Maxine Audley
Flanagan and Allen
Flanagan and Allen
Lieutenant Lumpkin
Kenneth Cope
Medical officer
Lionel Jeffries
Merchant seaman
Victor Maddern

Crew

Director
Leslie Norman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama