Dunkirk (2017) quotes

Director
Christopher Nolan.

Cast
Fionn Whitehead.
Barry Keoghan.
Mark Rylance.

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Well done lads. Well done.
Blind Man
All we did is survive.
Alex
That’s enough.
Blind Man

You can practically see it from here.
Commander Bolton
What?
Captain Winnant
Home.
Commander Bolton

Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?
– Mr. Dawson

[Referring to George] Is he okay?
Shivering Soldier
Yeah.
Peter

 

Wars are not won by evacuation.
– Tommy

 

He’s on me.
Collins
I’m on him.
Farrier

Dunkirk’s so far, why couldn’t they load at Calais?
Collins
The enemy had something to say about it.
Radio Communication

 

Well, we’ll know in six hours.
Commander Bolton
I thought the tide came in every three hours.
Captain Winnant
It’s a good job I’m in the Navy and you’re in the Army.
Commander Bolton

The tide’s turning now.
Commander Bolton
How can you tell?
Captain Winnant
The bodies are coming back.
Commander Bolton

 

Be careful down there.
Peter
He’s dead, mate.
Alex
So be bloody careful with him.
Peter

[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…
Tommy
What?
Alex
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

 

I’d rather fight waves than dive-bombers.
Commander Bolton

What do you see?
Captain Winnant
[Looking through his binoculars, seeing the civilian ships arrive] Hope.
Commander Bolton

The enemy tanks have stopped.
Commander Bolton
Why? Why waste precious tanks when they can pick us off from the air like a fish in a barrel?
Captain Winnant

[On the Shivering Soldier] He’s shell-shocked, George. He’s not himself. He might never be himself again.
– Mr. Dawson

How hard is it to find a dead Englishman on Dunkirk beach, for God’s sake?
– Tommy

Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Captain.
Commander Bolton