In the beginning of Dunkirk, we read

The mole, 1 week

The sea, 1 day

The air, 1 hour

What are the times here? Do they represent how long each timeline is in the movie until its end?


Yes, that’s pretty much how it is:

  • Spitfires only have an hour of fuel
  • it takes somewhat longer to sail across the channel and back again
  • it takes a lot longer to evacuate half a million troops from a beach...

There's a certain amount of skill in terms of the script to bring these timelines together on-screen without it being too jarring to the viewer.

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