Dunkirk

Dunkirk

DVD - 2017
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A World War II action thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DUNK
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Christopher Nolan’s dramatic retelling of the Dunkirk evacuation puts you in the middle of the action.


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gilly2004
Apr 20, 2018

Loved it

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Biblitz
Apr 16, 2018

Blue Planet minus whales, rapturous music and photography plus a couple of spitfires and torpedoes. Big nothing burger.

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greatflicks
Apr 13, 2018

We liked and it reminded me a lot of history. This happened prior to the US getting involved. This is when men were men and the great generation who are in their final days. My dad was an officer in the army during the 2nd war and he was a wonderful person.

DPLjosie Apr 10, 2018

Can you even imagine the horror of this evacuation? And the general sense of purpose shared by a whole people in defending Britain and saving her "boys?" It's a moving story of an aspect of WWII that I had no experience with.

As with many, many historical war movies, no named women, and very few words spoken by women. Is this inevitable, or is this a habit of male directors and screenwriters? (Let's note here that one of the producers is a woman...)

Radharc Apr 05, 2018

Three different focus stories told at three different parts of the same day that weave into a brief look at the first day of the evacuation at Dunkirk. Other views have complained at the lack of any character development, but that would have only weighed down the film. Think of this work as more "docu-drama." Well worth checking out, and hopefully it may inspire the viewer to look into the event itself.

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hjdale
Apr 03, 2018

Very choppy. The music was so repetitive that it became annoying very quickly. Some good acting moments, but this story has been done so much better by others in the past that it was a great disappointment to me.

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MargoBarron
Apr 01, 2018

Boring, difficult to follow, almost no dialogue, waste of time to watch.

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mexicanadiense
Mar 27, 2018

A technical masterpiece, with only a very few "off" moments for the sake of Hollywood-ism for me, i.e. things were tense enough already without throwing in the storytelling equivalents of ticking time bombs in every sequence.
Tom Hardy's performance as a Spitfire pilot was absolutely masterful, and there were just enough instances of some dubious morality on the part of the Brits we are ostensibly rooting for to make it pure heroic escapism, while at the same time retaining a sense of the historic importance of the events in question.
Extremely highly recommended.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 24, 2018

The strength of the film is that it portrayed the chaos that occurred at the beach. The weakness is that the film didn't explore 1) a short explanation of how the army had been trapped in Dunkirk, 2) the importance and extent of the patriotism of the British ship owners, 3) that 800 boats and ships were used to evacuate the troops and 4) while only 7669 troops were evacuated on the first day, by day 8, a total of 338,226 troops had been evacuated. Three hundred thousand troops rescued to fight for another day could well have been the difference between winning and losing WWII. The producers may have been making too many comic book films. Could this be the reason why they skipped important details?

JCLEmilyD Mar 22, 2018

A very important story is told in this movie. During the second world war the British, French and other allied forces get surrounded at Dunkrik, a beach town in France. The limited Navy and Red-cross ships can't seem to make it back across the channel without being hit by German forces, British fighter planes don't have the fuel capacity to be much help. Overall the situation is very grim. British Navy commissions the use of any serviceable ship or boat to rescues the 300,000 some odd soldiers trapped at Dunkirk.
I'm glad you read that, because now you are prepared to watch a movie that has virtually no commentary or character development. The movie is well done but you need to know the basic story before you watch it, and even then you may still have some questions.

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reginator_22
Jan 30, 2018

Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

He didn't kill anyone. He was just looking for a way off the sand, like the rest of us.
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Where's the bloody air force?
-The navy's requisitioned her.
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No French soldiers. No French soldiers. No. No, no French. English only. English only past this point. No. It's a British ship. No, you have your own ships.
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Dunkirk's so far. Why can't they just load at Calais?
-The enemy had something to say about it.
Ah, down here we're sitting ducks.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Colonel, you're gonna have to decide how many more wounded to evacuate. One stretcher takes the space of seven standing men.
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What about the French?
-Publicly, Churchill's told them, "Bras dessous." Arm in arm, leaving together.
And privately?
-We need our army back.
How many men are they talking about, sir?
-Churchill wants 30,000. Ramsay's hoping we can give him 45.
There are 400,000 men on this beach, sir.
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He feels safer on deck. You would too if you'd been bombed.
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What's wrong with your friend?
-He's looking for a quick way out. In case we go down.

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A bloody frog. A cowardly little queue-jumping frog.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

As soon as he pokes his head out, they'll slaughter him.
-Better him than me.
It's not fair.
- Survival's not fair. No, it's shit. It's fear, and it's greed. Fate pushed through the bowels of men.
Shit. He saved our lives.
-And he's about to do it again.
No, don't! Stop!
-Somebody's gotta get off, so the rest of us can live. If you wanna volunteer...
Fxck no. I'm going home. And if this is the price? I'll live with it. But it's wrong.
-Go on!
One man's not going to make enough difference.
-You'd best hope it does, because you'd be volunteering next.
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You're RAF?
-No. Not me. My brother. He flew Hurricanes. Died third week into the war.
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Well done. Well done, lads. Well done.
-All we did is survive.
That's enough.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 1 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"Wars are not won by evacuations. But there was a victory inside this deliverance, which should be noted. Our thankfulness at the escape of our army must not blind us to the fact that what has happened in France and Belgium is a colossal military disaster. We must expect another blow to be struck almost immediately. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France. We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost... "

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2018

Part 2 of 2 -- Ending voice over of Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940:
"We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. And even if this island or a large part of it were subjugated and staring, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."

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gumball12
Mar 04, 2018

Violence: Just boom and pow stuff.. Also bam and ARRGH...

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

Violence: There is explosions and gun fire. Also people drown and get crushed.

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

Coarse Language: they say s**t and f*k

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reginator_22
Feb 14, 2018

Violence: War violence, gun violence.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Violence: Its a PG-13 war movie so there's some violence, but nothing to bad.

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DFX_
Mar 21, 2018

DFX_ thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

TheUltimateReviewer thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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reypotter06
Feb 22, 2018

reypotter06 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

AMerr22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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