Weekend at Dunkirk

Week-end à Zuydcoote redirects here. For the novel see Week-end at Zuydcoote
Weekend at Dunkirk
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Produced by Raymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Written by François Boyer
Robert Merle
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music by Maurice Jarre
Edited by Claude Durand
Release dates
  • 1964 (1964)
Running time
119 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 3,154,140 admissions (France)[1]

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.


Set during World War II, it follows Julien Maillat, a French soldier who tries to join the English Army on the Royal Navy flotilla to England by boat. 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]


  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.

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