#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Two stories in one, an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others are less willing.
Plot: A British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others were less willing.
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This is an excellent war movie, especially considering it is from 1958. It has aged well. Today’s war movies are more visually impressive, of course, with the special effects that make it seem like you are witnessing the real thing. This version can’t match all that, but except for setting it up politically with newsreel clips and people discussing the “phony” war, this film shows the personal journey of Dunkirk. The home front, soldiers caught behind the rapidly shifting line of battle, and later on the masses of soldiers on the beaches waiting for the civilian “navy” who lent their boats and themselves to the impossible task of getting the trapped army back home to England.
The voiceover narration seemed unnecessary at times. I felt they should just get out of the ways and show this human side of the battle of Dunkirk, which could have been a massacre but was instead a stunning rescue operation. We almost expect our war movies to be three-hour spectacles these days, and they are visually impressive, but I still appreciate movies like this one, which balance realistic small-scale warfare scenes with scenes depicting the human interest stories of war.
It may be a phoney war to you, but it’s not to all the blokes at sea. Never has been.
Dunkirk is directed by Leslie Norman and adapted to screenplay by David Divine and W.P. Lipscomb. It stars John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Robert Urquhart, Ray Jackson and Robert Hines. Music is by Malcolm Arnold and cinematography by Paul Beeson.
“Dunkirk was a great defeat, and a great miracle. It proved, if it proved anything, that we were alone but undivided. No longer were there fighting men and civilians. There were only people. A nation had been made whole”
I think it’s safe to say that to fully “get” this version of Dunkirk it helps to have some knowledge of the actual events. This is no standard war film, more so given it’s about a defeat and the subsequent extraction of the armed forces from the beaches of that part of France.
Narrative is two fold, one strand follows soldiers as they strive to make it through perilous lands to get to the beaches, the other comes from the civilian angle and those back in Britain, where there’s an ignorance about how seismic this war is going to be. While the film is hardly a rousing battle laden spectacle – it’s more an appreciation of a critical moment in history – it’s very authentic in its teaching, the various human interest stories and their respective emotions are absorbing and always attention holding.
Absolutely a must see piece of cinema for anyone who needs to understand just why the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk was so important. Superbly played by the cast, directed with safe hands and produced with class by the brilliant Michael Balcon, Dunkirk 58 a smart bit of classic war cinema. 8/10
We shall fight them on the beaches
I’ve just watched the Christopher Nolan 2017 ‘Dunkirk’ and that offering is mediocre at best, you feel very little for the characters, nor are you told much back story.
Mr Nolan’s version is not a patch on this 1958 classic where you really get a feel for the scale and depth of the military disaster and miracle evacuation
Many war films made shortly after the war, have a gritty depth & realism.
Many of the actors had been participants, they could march, salute, handle the weapons and wear a beret correctly. Because many had done it for real.
Also a lot of original aircraft/ships/vehicles were still available to use. So in many respects the old war films have an authenticity difficult to match today. (As illustrated by the 2017 mediocre film ‘Dunkirk’)
This follows corporal ‘cor blimey’ john Mills as he and his small section are separated from their unit. Their attempts to try and rejoin their unit through the chaos of the retreat to Dunkirk.
It also follows the civilians helping in the ‘little ships’ and the operation to save the British/French armies stranded at Dunkirk.
It is an epic tale and over the years I have watched it several times. A Sunday afternoon classic epic tale of heroism in a total disaster that nearly meant annihilation. Without the evacuation by ‘the little ships’ it surely would have meant Hitler conquering all of Europe
Has Aged Surprisingly Well
‘Dunkirk’ was the event that really cemented WW2 in British minds. Up to that point it had been more a newsworthy disturbance in a foreign land, following on the much maligned ‘phony’ war.
For the first time, those at home – at least in the home counties – could see for themselves the face of defeat in legions of haggard and bandaged returnees.
This movie takes us through events in a familiar well-paced documentary-like way that makes old British war movies so watchable. There are few excessive heroics, just a gradual realisation that greater effort is needed and a reconciliation to it.
Individuals are about to have their pleasure craft commandeered. Even in the 1940’s, to own your own boat for pleasure was a very middle-class activity, and so we see this ‘Dad’s Navy’ confused and reluctant at first, but eventually volunteering themselves along with their boats. They still have little idea what awaits them.
In France, things are falling apart fast. The collapsing British forces are shown in microcosm by a company of squaddies led by working-class ‘corporal’ John Mills, complete with phony cockney accent. Constantly harassed by the encroaching German army, they manage to stay one step ahead and reach Dunkirk.
Only soldiers can be evacuated. The supplies and substance of an army must be abandoned, destroying as much as possible rather than allowing it to fall into enemy hands.
Small-ship civilians get trapped ashore and share in the bombardment with soldiers. Some are killed. There’s a lot of men and a lot of equipment shown at times. It’s clear that the army were involved in the movie’s making. Cabin cruisers explode, loaded ships are bombed. Although today, the bombs falling on the dunes bear more similarity to thunder flashes, for its time, the overall effect is creditable. There are believable performances all round from a cast of reliable, regular stalwarts. And, necessary for every movie; we are made to care about them.
The retreat from Dunkirk was the first of several Great British reversals that were needed before the nation took its plight seriously enough to galvanise itself into a professional war-effort. This movie doesn’t moralise or sentimentalise much. Dunkirk was chaos that was saved from disaster by just a little bit of order and a great deal of courage. Not to mention luck.
Well worth a watch even today. It may be a drama but it tells you as much as a reference book.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 15 min (135 min)
Genre Action, Drama, History
Director Leslie Norman
Writer Trevor Dudley Smith, Ewan Butler, J.S. Bradford
Actors John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1, 1.78 : 1 (Studiocanal DVD aspect ratio), 1.85 : 1 (theatrical ratio) (as Metroscope)
Film Length 3,146 m (13 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical (as Metroscope)
Printed Film Format 35 mm