Weekend at Dunkirk


1h 42m 1966

Brief Synopsis

French soldiers and townspeople await rescue by the British as German forces move in on Dunkirk beach during World War II.

Film Details

Also Known As
Week-end à Zuydcoote
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 May 1966
Production Company
Interopa Film; Paris-Films Production
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Week-end à Zuydcoote by Robert Merle (Paris, 1949).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

In June, 1944, the beaches at Zuydcoote near Dunkirk are filled with thousands of British and French troops trapped between the sea and the advancing Germans. A vast fleet of ships and small boats are evacuating the British, but the fate of the French is uncertain. In an abandoned ambulance on the beach, four men discuss their prospects of surviving. Sergeant Maillat wants to escape on one of the boats and continue fighting the Nazis; Dhery, a cowardly opportunist, wants only to get away; Pierson, a chaplain, decides to work in a hospital; and Alexandre will take a chance on getting by on his wits. As he attempts to persuade the British to evacuate him, Maillat meets and falls in love with Jeanne, a young woman who refuses to leave her home in spite of the incessant bombing that has left her nearly hysterical with fright. Maillat returns to the ambulance and discovers that Alexandre is dead and his other friends have left; he kills two of his own men for attempting to rape Jeanne. He then manages to persuade her to try to escape with him, and they arrange to meet on the beach the next day. But Maillat is killed by an exploding shell when Jeanne reaches their rendezvous spot at the ambulance.

Film Details

Also Known As
Week-end à Zuydcoote
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 May 1966
Production Company
Interopa Film; Paris-Films Production
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Week-end à Zuydcoote by Robert Merle (Paris, 1949).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

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Trivia

Notes

Copyright length: 120 min. Produced on location in France and released there in 1964 as Week-end à Zuydcoote; running time: 120 min. Italian title: Week-end a Zuydcoote.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1964

Released in United States 1964

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