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'Dunkirk'

"Dunkirk," directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Fionn Whitehead, opens in theaters July 21, 2017.

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By RICH KILLMON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 30, 2017

The movie I'm looking forward to seeing this summer is "Dunkirk." As a fan of Christopher Nolan's movies, I'm excited to see him take on something historical.

"Dunkirk" tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, the retreat and evacuation of British, French, Belgian and Canadian soldiers from the continent of Europe when the German army overran France during the early stages of World War II.

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Facing surrender or annihilation at the hands of the Wehrmacht, the soldiers retreated to the French coastal town of Dunkirk to await pickup by the Royal Navy. The British employed nearly anything that could float to carry the soldiers back across the English Channel.

Maintaining discipline and order as they awaited pickup, the soldiers stood in serpentine columns while being bombed and strafed by the German Luftwaffe. "Dunkirk" stars Tom Hardy, Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy.

“Dunkirk” opens in the U.S. on July 21

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