Dunkirk (2017 movie)

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Dunkirk
Dunkirk Logo.png
Directed byChristopher Nolan
Produced by
Written byChristopher Nolan
Starring
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyHoyte van Hoytema
Edited byLee Smith
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 13 July 2017 (2017-07-13) (Odeon Leicester Square)
  • 19 July 2017 (2017-07-19) (France)
  • 20 July 2017 (2017-07-20) (Netherlands)
  • 21 July 2017 (2017-07-21) (UK / US)
Running time
106 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • France
  • Netherlands
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million
Box office$131.6 million

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American war drama movie written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Plot[change | change source]

In 1940, during the Battle of France, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers have retreated to Dunkirk awaiting evacuation. Tommy, a young British private, arrives at the beach, and meets Gibson, a French soldier who has stolen the identity of a dead British soldier he buried, expecting to be evacuated with the British, and Alex. After a hospital ship is sunk by a German dive-bomber attack, the three leave on a destroyer, but it is torpedoed by a U-boat. Gibson saves Tommy and Alex from the sinking ship, and they get back to the beach. With only a single, vulnerable mole available for embarking on deep-draft ships, the Royal Navy requisitions civilian vessels in the UK that can get to the beach.

In Weymouth, a civilian sailor Dawson and his son Peter set out on their boat Moonstone, rather than let the Navy commandeer her. Impulsively, their teenage hand George joins them, hoping to do something noteworthy. At sea, they rescue a shivering shell-shocked soldier from a wrecked ship. When he realises that Dawson is sailing for Dunkirk, the soldier demands that they turn back and tries to wrest control of the boat; in the scuffle, George suffers a head injury that renders him blind. Elsewhere, three Spitfire aircraft cross the English Channel, heading towards Dunkirk, tasked with defending the evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk against attacks by the German Luftwaffe. After their leader is shot down in a dogfight, one of the pilots, Farrier, assumes command, but the other Spitfire is hit and ditches. Its pilot, Collins, is rescued by Moonstone.

Tommy, Alex and Gibson join some soldiers from a Highlanders regiment and hide inside a beached trawler in the intertidal zone outside the Allied perimeter, before the rising tide refloats it. The group abandons the boat when it begins to sink, but Gibson is entangled in a chain and drowns. Tommy and Alex swim towards a nearby minesweeper, but it is sunk by a German bomber. Moonstone manoeuvres to take on those in the water, including Tommy and Alex. Peter discovers that George is dead. Asked by the shell-shocked soldier, he lies that George is fine. Farrier reaches Dunkirk, before his fuel runs out. Gliding over the beach, he shoots down a dive-bomber, saving ships and troops. Farrier then lands beyond the perimeter. He sets fire to his plane and is taken prisoner by the Germans. Arriving back in Weymouth, the shell-shocked soldier sees George's body being carried away. Peter goes to the local newspaper; a front-page article later commends George as a hero. Tommy and Alex board a train, and receive a hero's welcome when the train arrives in Woking.

Background[change | change source]

Set during the Second World War, it portrays the Dunkirk evacuation.[1] It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the movie is an international co-production between the United Kingdom, the United States, France and the Netherlands.

Nolan wrote the script, told from three perspectives—the land, sea, and air—to contain little dialogue. Filming began in May 2016 in Dunkirk, France, and ended in Los Angeles, United States, where it also began post-production.

Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot the film on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format movie stock. The movie made extensive use of practical effects, such as employing thousands of extras, gathering boats that had participated in the real Dunkirk evacuation, and using genuine era-appropriate planes for aerial sequences.

Release[change | change source]

Dunkirk premiered on 13 July 2017 at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England, and was released in the United Kingdom and United States on 21 July 2017 in IMAX, 70 mm and 35 mm film. The movie has grossed over $131 million worldwide and received praise for Nolan's screenplay and direction, acting, cinematography and Hans Zimmer's musical score.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hooton, Christopher (5 August 2016). "Dunkirk trailer: Watch the tense first teaser for Christopher Nolan's new World War II film". The Independent. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016.
  2. Ryzik, Melena (26 July 2017). "Ticking Watch. Boat Engine. Slowness. The Secrets of the 'Dunkirk' Score". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 27 July 2017.

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