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One of the best war movies ever made. A good story, good acting and all wound around a time in the war when the destiny of the world was being decided.
John Mills plays a corporal who takes charge of his unit when their officer is killed and subsequently leads them all back to the beaches of Dunkirk and rescue.
The film also shows the pale faced bravery of the swarms of civilians in their little boats who sailed across one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world to rescue 400'000 trapped Brit soldiers at Dunkirk. These "men" were aged between 14 and 75 and all volunteers. Many were killed.
Any American who wants to try and understand the strange Brit mentality should watch both "Dunkirk" and "The Battle of Britain" and then decide in "the special relationship", who owes whom what?
Forget the history, buy the movie and enjoy!
It's not the fault of the average American that they are unaware of the massive contribution made by the British and their Commonwealth.
It's the fault of your film and TV producers who think that the only way they can attract American audiences is to only show what the USA did in the war. I think that is an insult to American intelligence!
Very few Americans are aware of Bletchley Park (whose code-breakers shortened the war by two years by breaking all the German codes and they also broke the Japanese Red/Blue/Purple codes in 1941 and passed the details to Washington).
How many Americans are aware of the British Pacific Fleet that fought at Tarawa, Okinama etc? 20 Aircraft Carriers, 6 Battleships, 25 Cruisers and hundreds of other vessels.
Did you know that in 1942, the USA had no fighter able to combat the German ME109 on equal terms? The British lent you 600 Spitfires (read "Uncle Sam's Spitfires!)
But, apart from all that, you're a lovely people and I am treated so well every time I visit the USA (common question in the South -Y'all not from around here?)
This is a exceptional war movie filled with first rate performances and it remains as gripping and well mades as ever. The effects are very good with large ships sinking and docks being blown to pieces, and bombs plastering the beachs of dunkirk. This was not a low budget affair when it was made , it was a A movie and it was shot in black and white but it still looks great. The ony problem is that noone had the brains enough in the united states to release this in our region. (region one) I have a all region player so I can watch this on my tv but surely this incredibly well made movie featuring the great late john mills and bernard lee and others should be out on a domestic dvd. If you want a top rate film, and have a all region dvd player. (these players are not that expensive and are on sale here on amazon.com) then this is worth adding to your 'good' war film library because it's historically accurate and engaging