Top 15 Dunkirk Movie Details

While searching the internet for Dunkirk movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

German soldiers are never clearly seen, the only two ever in a close-up are blurred out.
German soldiers are never clearly seen, the only two ever in a close-up are blurred out.

Alex is in noticeable pain underwater during explosions and battle overhead. This makes sense because the sound waves travel 4 times faster underwater, and the intensity of sound would be unbearable.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Dunkirk details are suitable for kids.

  1. They tried to use as little CGI as possible so used forced perspective flats to decorate scenes.

  2. 20 of the little civilian boats used for filming in Dunkirk (2017) took part in the evacuation in real life, saving countless lives.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Michael Caine reprised his role as Squadron leader, previously playing the part in the film Battle of Britain.

Hidden Details

Tom Hardy sends his Spitfire into a negative G maneuver to catch the BF109, causing the plane to spew black smoke and stall, which was a known issue with Spitfires' carbureted engines (more info in comments)

During a dogfight scene, the Spitfire aircraft's vibrations noticeably rattle Tom Hardy's voice. (@2:18)

1 - When Tommy passed the French perimeter in Dunkirk (2019), the soldier throws him away saying "bon voyage" (to wish good luck on a journey) sarcastically. This was because the English were abandoning the France, hence all the spiteful but envious looks from the other soldiers.
When Tommy passed the French perimeter in Dunkirk (2019), the soldier throws him away saying "bon voyage" (to wish good luck on a journey) sarcastically. This was because the English were abandoning the France, hence all the spiteful but envious looks from the other soldiers.

When the medical ship is sinking and the passengers jump in the water, the two men we follow from the mole who were hiding under the pier dunk their dry heads in the water to appear as if they had jumped ship so they can get help onto a new boat.

Tom Hardy's and Cillian Murphy's characters are direct foils of one another.

Shortly after the Allied forces are bombed by the Germans, we pan out over the beach between a pair of flag poles, which appear to "close in" on the Allied forces, as the Germans closed in on their position on the beach.

George hit the back of his head in the area where the occipital lobe is located. This part of the brain is responsible for vision - George's injuries result in his blindness.

: score uses slowed down themes taken from Elgar's "Nimrod".

1 - Farrier misreads a signal from Collins after his plane ditched in the water. Explanation in comments.
Farrier misreads a signal from Collins after his plane ditched in the water. Explanation in comments.
Dunkirk poster
Dunkirk poster

Dunkirk Plot: 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.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Dunkirk, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Dunkirk and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Director Christopher Nolan
Production Warner Bros. Pictures
Main Actors Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard, Lee Armstrong
IMDB score 7.9