DVD - 2017
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"What happened at Dunkirk in May 1940 must rank as one of the greatest maritime evacuations in history. A third of a million British soldiers were facing annihilation but just days later the majority had been rescued and Churchill had delivered his most famous speech. Vowing never to surrender. This gripping drama/documentary from the BBC offices a unique perspective and a true understanding of what actually happened. Narrated by former James Bond Timothy Dalton and featuring an ensemble cast including Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Sherlock)"--Container.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Worldwide Ltd., 2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : 5.1 Dolby digital sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Dunkirk (Television program)


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Mar 09, 2018

In a word, disappointing. I was expecting to see a complete movie but it concentrates it's focus on the retreat from the Germans to the beach with very little attention of the actual massive evacuation that occurred and the subsequent ability to resume the war with the very men that were saved on that beach.
It also avoided to mention about 'the little boats' that could get closer in to shore or the ability to overcome one of Hitler's secret weapons, the magnetic water mines, that threatened the entire operation. The movie ended when I thought it was about half through.
On the plus side: Cudo's to the acting.

Feb 26, 2018

Brilliant soundtrack, cinematography, and special effects. This film tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, in the early days of World War II. The film goes back and forth amongst different story lines: (1) some soldiers on the beach who are trying to get the first boat they can back to Britain; (2) RAF pilots who are trying to protect British navy ships coming in to rescue the soldiers; and (3) a British man, his young adult son, and a teenaged neighbor who are bringing a small boat over the channel to help with the evacuation. The story sometimes gets confusing, but so is war. Recommended.

Feb 18, 2018

A well acted and three episode docu-drama on the evacuation of Dunkirk :Retreat, Evacuation and Deliverance, (very different from the movie). Covers a longer time period with a wider scope showing a lot more detail and historic context, from the fighting retreat in France, the planning in Whitehall (British equivalent of the Pentagon) and the British cabinet with Prime Minister Churchill. Also shows how the British both in France and in London tried to work with their French allies to varying degrees of success. And it was interesting to see how many members of the British government wanted to make a peace settlement with Nazi Germany and Churchill's response.

Dec 11, 2017

I liked this non-fiction historical re-enactment very much. It has graphic scenes too graphic for children with bodies dead from war situations. It has lots of death and grief. Everyone thinking about going to war should watch this movie and remember what war is like before acting. It has a strong story. It was well acted and organized.

Dec 05, 2017

Huslika history of WWII? F -

Nov 22, 2017

As "donkeyhote" writes at the end part of his comment down here, yes, there was a secret English-German plan to divide the world between themselves. And while the Germans prepared for the action, the English were laying low. Then Rudolf Hess (this is known from some sources) flew alone in his small airplane to England and landed on Lord Lovian's estate, to ask him what's the matter with the original plan. Little Adolf rebuked him, even called him "nuts" for doing it on his own account. So, at the origin of World War Two there was a scheme, and the Germans were bamboozled and we are conned too, by keeping this a secret before the public of the world. Summing up: The West fooled Germany to make them jump into WW2 by promising them "living space" by occupying Russian territory. The West gave them the funding in secret through the Bank of International Settlements, thereby helping little Adolf to create his "economic miracle" and become a national hero and thus the West funded the creation of Adolf's war machine too. They wanted him to start the war, but they slyly jumped out of the deal in the last moment. This it the way the West bamboozled the Germans, and thus the War was initiated by the West for a purpose, to rearrange the world. And indeed, as Ted Flynn writes in "Hope of the Wicked", even the Bush family was among those who secretly funded little Adolf to start his war. And Flynn writes in his book that even the Japanese war machine was funded in secret in both world wars by American bankers! They did the same with the Japs they did with the Germans. Then they left little Adolf to stand alone and turned on him. Politics is all schemes, and the public is kept ignorant of the machinations that shape our lives. The public's only way to counter this would be to not go to any wars on their neighbors. But the public is fooled every time with propaganda.

Nov 20, 2017

British wartime propaganda managed to spin the Dunkirk evacuations into some sort of victory for the allies, actually it was the culmination of the most humiliating defeat in British history. Having showed incredible audacity in moving his main force through the Ardennes, Hitler's nervous reticence in letting Heinz Geuderian press home his advantage is one of the great mysteries of the war. The 400,000 allied troops were incredibly lucky, by contrast, a year later those attempting to flee Talinn by sea evacuation were slaughtered mercilessly.

Nov 19, 2017

This is a BBC documentary that was available back in 2004. This is an excellent documentary movie which I had commented on previous but it is not the feature movie released in 2017.

Nov 15, 2017

Not sure if the library actually has the 2017 movie release. After waiting for weeks, received the 2004 BBC documentary.

**UPDATE: spoke to a librarian, the 2017 movie release has not been added to the catalog and is not currently on-order.

Nov 12, 2017

FYI - As others mention, this is NOT the 2017 theatrical release, it is a 2004 BBC docu-drama mini series.

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Feb 18, 2018

"If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground." Winston Churchill


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