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“Dunkirk is an example of real people reacting to a real crisis, one where their whole country could have been lost and they responded. This is heroism above and beyond and I can’t wait to see the movie, especially because if Christopher Nolan is making the movie you know it’s good,” Senator Patrick Leahy (D.VT) told Hollywood on the Potomac at the DC Premiere screening of Dunkirk at the Smithsonian – Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at The Air & Space Museum.

Synopsis: “In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.”