Dunkirk – Quotes
Trapped at Dunkirk. They await their fate. Hoping for deliverance. For a miracle.
Pilot: Dunkirk’s so far away. Why couldn’t they load at (another location)?
Other Pilot: The enemy had something to say about it.
Peter: You do know where we’re going?
Mr. Dawson: WAR.
George: I’ll be useful, sir.
Shell-shocked soldier: I’m not going back. If we go there, we’ll die.
George: Is he a coward, Mr. Dawson?
Mr. Dawson: He’s shell-shocked, George. He’s not himself. He may never be himself again.
Soldiers in the water, to the leaving ships: Don’t leave us! Come back!
Shell-shocked soldier: You’re an old man!
Mr. Dawson: Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children into it?
Shell-shocked soldier: You belong at home!
Mr. Dawson: If we don’t help, there won’t be any home.
Mr. Dawson: There’s no hiding from this, son.
Shell-shocked soldier: You don’t even have guns!
Mr. Dawson: Did you have a gun? ... Did it help you against the u-boats...?
George: Helping you and Mr. Dawson, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done.
Colonel: You can practically see it from here... Home.
Commander: Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Colonel.
Peter: There was no parachute....
Mr. Dawson: He may be alive! We may be able to help him!
Colonel: What do you see?
Commander, seeing boats from home: Home!
Mr. Dawson: My son’s Royal Air Force. I knew he (the RAF pilot) would see us through.
Peter: He flew hurricanes. Died 3rd week in the war.
Someone to the pilot: Where the hell where were you?
Mr. Dawson: They know where you were. [Indicating the men the pilot saved.]
Old man: Well done, lads. Well done.
Soldier: All we did was survive.
Old man: That’s enough.
Soldier about the old man, not knowing he was blind: That old bloke didn’t even look us in the eye.
Commander: Come on private! I know we’re officers, but it’s us or the enemy.
Commander: 300,000, so far. I’m staying for the French.
Newspaper article: Wars are not won by evacuations, but there is a victory inside this evacuation which should be noted. ... We shall never surrender.