Dunkirk (2017 film)
2017 film by Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk is a 2017 war film about allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France who are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
- Directed and written by Christopher Nolan.
- Wars are not won by evacuation.
- Collins: [Being chased by a Luftwaffe fighter] He's on me!
- Farrier: I'm on him.
- Collins: [After nearly drowning in his aircraft and he's rescued by Peter & Mr. Dawson; calmly] Afternoon.
- [After Collin's plane ditches in the English Channel]
- Peter: Dad, he's down. There's no chute. Dad, come on. There was no chute. He's probably dead.
- Mr Dawson: Dammit, I hear you, Peter, I hear you! He may be alive! Maybe... We may be able to help him.
- Commander Bolton: You can practically see it from here.
- Colonel Winnant: What?
- Commander Bolton: Home.
- Captain Winnant: They need to send more ships. Every hour, the enemy pushes closer.
- Commander Bolton: They've activated the small vessels pool.
- Captain Winnant: Small vessels?
- Commander Bolton: It's a list of civilian boats for requisition.
- Captain Winnant: Civilian? We need destroyers!
- Commander Bolton: Small boats can load from the beach.
- Captain Winnant: Not in these conditions!
- Commander Bolton: Well, I'd rather fight waves than dive-bombers.
- Colonel Winnant: ...No, you're right. They won't get up in this. The Royal Engineers are building piers from lorries. At least that should help us when the tide comes back.
- Commander Bolton: Well, we'll know in six hour's time.
- Colonel Winnant: I thought the tides were every three?
- Commander Bolton: Then it's good that you're Army and I'm Navy, isn't it?
- Commander Bolton: The tide's turning now.
- Captain Winnant: How can you tell?
- Commander Bolton: The bodies are coming back.
- Shivering Soldier: You haven't turned around.
- Mr. Dawson: No, we have a job to do.
- Shivering Soldier: Job? This is a pleasure yacht. You're weekend sailors, you're not the bloody Navy. A man your age?
- Mr. Dawson: Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?
- Shivering Soldier: You should be at home!
- Mr. Dawson: Well, there won't be any home if we allow a slaughter across the Channel.
- [As rescued soldiers go below deck on Dawson's yacht, where George is]
- Peter: Careful! Careful down there!
- Alex: [referring to George] He's dead, mate.
- Peter: ...So be bloody careful with him.
- [A blind old man is passing out blankets to assist personnel evacuated to Britain]
- Old Man: Well done, lads. Well done.
- Alex: All we did is survive.
- Old Man: That's enough.
- [Having just picked up a newspaper report of the evacuation]
- Alex: Can't bear it... You read it.
- Tommy: Can't bear it?
- Alex: They'll be spitting at us in the streets. If they're not locked up waiting for the invasion.
- Tommy: [last dialogue] 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 may be...
- Alex: What?
- Tommy: 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 starving, 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.
- [Tommy remains silent as the film fades out]
- Hope is a weapon. Survival is victory.
- When 400,000 men couldn't get home. Home came for them.
- (variant) 400,000 men couldn't get home. So home came for them.
- The event that shaped our world