Weekend at Dunkirk

Weekend at Dunkirk (French: Week-end à Zuydcoote) is a 1964 drama film directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo.[2] It is based on the 1949 Prix Goncourt winning novel Week-end at Zuydcoote (French: Week-end à Zuydcoote) by Robert Merle.

Week-end à Zuydcoote redirects here. For the novel see Week-end at Zuydcoote
Weekend at Dunkirk
Directed byHenri Verneuil
Produced byRaymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Written byFrançois Boyer
Robert Merle
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
Music byMaurice Jarre
Edited byClaude Durand
Release date
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
119 minutes
Box office3,154,140 admissions (France)[1]


Set during World War II, the film follows Julien Maillat, a French soldier who tries to join the British Army on the Royal Navy's boat flotilla to England. No matter how hard he tries to make it, he and his French partners are hard pressed to get away as the fight is getting harder and the Germans closer and closer.

Selected cast


The film was the ninth most popular movie at the French box office in 1964.[3]

According to Fox records, the film needed to earn $1,700,000 in rentals to break even and made $1,755,000, meaning it made a profit.[4]


  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. Fremont-Smith, Eliot. "New York Times: Weekend à Zuydcoote". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  3. "1964 French box office". Box Office Story. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 325.

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