DVD - 2017
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A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.
Publisher: [Burbank, California] :, Warner Home Video,, [2017]
Edition: Rental version.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9786317011786
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Dunkirk 2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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List - World War 2 in Cinema
JCLMATTI Mar 03, 2021

1940 The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk.

Fun fact: This is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies. It's Christopher Nolan 17 years after Memento, in absolute peak form. The film depicts three different storylines from the battle of Dunkirk during WWII. One's a week long, one's a day long, one's an hour long—just wait, because when t... Read More »

JCLCharlesH Jun 18, 2020

Shot mostly in eye level closeups, this dialog light film drops the viewer onto the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 during Operation Dynamo. The score is fantastic, as evidenced by its academy awards, and the depictions of the will to live against great odds is inspirational.

List - 2018 Oscars
JCLCaitlinT Mar 09, 2018

* Film Editing
* Sound Editing
* Sound Mixing

* Best Picture
* Best Director (Christopher Nolan)
* Cinematography
* Original Score
* Production Design

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 f... Read More »

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Feb 19, 2021

This war-time docudrama turns out a tension-filled, action-packed, thrilled-at-the-edge-of-your-seat entertaining piece with excellent visual effects.
There are, however, no engaging, gripping human dramas.

Nov 14, 2020

Very exciting movie. I don't know if it was good writing or more of a docudrama of an actual event in WWII. The greatest generation really did answer the call back in the late 30s and 40s. So many died to stop the spread of Nazi socialism. Today, all our youth are marching to the same tune and don't realize that it is the same song.

JCLCharlesH Jun 18, 2020

Shot mostly in eye level closeups, this dialog light film drops the viewer onto the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 during Operation Dynamo. The score is fantastic, as evidenced by its academy awards, and the depictions of the will to live against great odds is inspirational.

Mar 04, 2020

ruthless and relentless, but for history's sake, indispensable

Nov 13, 2019

The paucity of dialog is at the heart of the watching experience here. I found the prolonged verbal silences to be engaging and even gripping at times. Some other international conflict films could take some learning from this.

The dogfight (never liked that term) scenes are skillfully edited to give you a sense of the three-dimensionality of that experience. We don't have it on land. It's available underwater but at very low speeds. In the air, however, in hyper-powered hot rods threading the clouds and playing for the sun at your back, we can get a sense of the terror and elation accessible in that part of war.

This film left me right where I like to be after a movie experience: splattered with new points of view, curious about the art that went into the production, affected by the characters I got to know and curious enough to explore on my own something that remained in my pocket like a ticket stub.

Sep 03, 2019

I don't know how a movie like this cannot be overly ambitious and this one suffers from their attempt to depict an event as meaningful as this one in under two hours. I particularly thought the part of the story dealing with the small boats, which were such a huge part of the evacuation, was underdone. Sure, the storyline dealing with the Moonstone was interesting but you don't get a fair picture of the magnitude of that part of the effort. HOWEVER, having said that, the accompanying disk about the making of the movie in some ways was more interesting than the movie itself.... and it was about as long. Christopher Nolans' stubborn requirement that there be no CGI in the production, as well as his insistence that the movie be filmed mostly in IMAX created nearly unsurmountable problems for the cast and crew. How these challenges were met gives us a fascinating look into the many facets of movie making.

Aug 23, 2019

Perhaps not an indepth plot, the aerial fights alone make this a worthy war actioner. Chris Nolan puts you on the beach, in the air, on a ship and never makes you feel like you're simply just watching a movie. Thank God he loves film so much.

Jul 01, 2019

Very good war movie that excels very well at shell shocking it's audience. This movie really wants you to feel sand falling from the sky after a bomb hits the beach just next to you, and wants gunshots to pierce your ears. I recommend watching this movie on a good sound system, and turn up the volume because the battle they were having wouldn't have been a quiet affair, so to crank the volume I think is much more immersive for this movie.

Apr 19, 2019

Very good but lots of blood

Mar 21, 2019

Just gonna say it out there, I love this movie! It was amazing! I really had a fun time and a tense time, but it is a really good movie. The cinematography for this movie is amazing. Some of the criticism that I heard that the movie is very unconventional in the way that is going to tell the story, because this is a historical event, we already know what happened to Dunkirk and now how do you tell the story without being bored, but Christopher Nolan (director), twisted away from a lot of stereotypes of typical world war movie whereas you are not going to see dismembered bodies and seeing a man with a American flag, NO! In this movie you can definitely feel the tension regardless of that you can feel the seriousness of the situation. But overall, it has things that works amazingly for this movie and there are things a little bit ugly but I mean it is a Christopher Nolan movie, he made apparently one of the most perfect movies of all history. 4/5 Stars. @moviefanatic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Jan 30, 2018

Blind Man: Well done, lads. Well done.

Alex: All we did is survive.

Blind Man: That's enough.

Jan 04, 2018

He didn't kill anyone. He was just looking for a way off the sand, like the rest of us.
Where's the bloody air force?
-The navy's requisitioned her.
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.
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.

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.
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.
He feels safer on deck. You would too if you'd been bombed.
What's wrong with your friend?
-He's looking for a quick way out. In case we go down.

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

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.
You're RAF?
-No. Not me. My brother. He flew Hurricanes. Died third week into the war.
Well done. Well done, lads. Well done.
-All we did is survive.
That's enough.

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... "

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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Mar 04, 2018

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

Feb 22, 2018

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

Feb 22, 2018

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

Feb 14, 2018

Violence: War violence, gun violence.

Oct 17, 2017

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


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Mar 21, 2018

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

Feb 22, 2018

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Oct 17, 2017

AMerr22 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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