Video release suitable for 12 years and over

DUNKIRK (2017)

DUNKIRK (2017)
  • Genre: War, THRILLER, Drama

  • Release date(s):

  • Run time: 107 minutes

  • Director(s): Christopher Nolan

  • Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

  • BBFCinsight: sustained threat, intense sequences, moderate violence, strong language

  • Note to parents: Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience.

  • Synopsis: DUNKIRK is a wartime drama about the Allied evacuation from Northern France in 1940.

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DUNKIRK is a wartime drama about the Allied evacuation from Northern France in 1940.


Sustained threat occurs throughout, including intense scenes in which characters are caught in life-threatening situations as they face gunfire, explosions and the threat of drowning. There are also scenes in which they become trapped in confined spaces. Sound and music heighten the sense of tension, with emphasis on the desperation of people fighting for survival. The threat is moderated to some extent by the fact that it is a historical event taking place, and also by a focus on the bravery of those involved.


Scenes include battles between airborne planes, shootings, and people caught in explosions and a fire at sea. Blood and injury detail is limited and discreet throughout.


There is infrequent strong language and use of milder terms.

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