Dunkirk is a 2017 English-language war film[nb 2] written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film 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. Set during the Second World War, it portrays the Dunkirk evacuation. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film 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 and create suspense solely through details. 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 film stock. The film made extensive use of practical effects, such as employing thousands of extras, assembling boats that had participated in the real Dunkirk evacuation, and using genuine era-appropriate planes for aerial sequences.
Dunkirk had its world premiere on 13 July 2017 at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England, and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom and United States on 21 July 2017 in IMAX, 70 mm and 35 mm film. Upon release, the film was met with widespread critical acclaim, with notable praise going to Nolan’s screenplay and direction, acting, cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s musical score.
An introductory text states that in 1940, after the invasion of France by Nazi Germany, thousands of Allied soldiers retreated to the seaside city of Dunkirk. As the surrounding British perimeter shrinks, the soldiers await evacuation, a seemingly hopeless situation
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by Lee Smith
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Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
13 July 2017 (Odeon Leicester Square)
19 July 2017 (France)
20 July 2017 (Netherlands)
21 July 2017 (UK / US)
Budget $100 million
Box office $121.2 million