Dunkirk running time confirmed: Christopher Nolan's WWII epic is a whole hour shorter than Interstellar

It's the filmmaker's second shortest film to date

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 21 June 2017 09:46
Dunkirk - Trailer

The runtime of Dunkirk has positioned Christopher Nolan's forthcoming WWII epic as his shortest film since his 1998 directorial debut.

Following has a brisk length of just 70 minutes making Dunkirk - a film many expected to exceed the two-hour mark - his second shortest film to date with a runtime of just one hour 47 minutes.

It's refreshing news considering most summer tentpole films these days push the two hour 30 minute mark (here's looking at you, Transformers 5). Nolan himself has been guilty of the bloated runtime (with good reason, it should be added) - in fact, Dunkirk is an entire hour shorter than Nolan's previous film, 2014 sci-fi tale Interstellar.

His next shortest film after Dunkirk was Memento, the Guy Pearce-starring indie favourite which launched the filmmaker's commendable career.

For comparison purposes, you can find the running time of all of Nolan's previous films below:

Following - 70 minutes

Memento - 113 minutes

Insomnia - 118 minutes

Batman Begins - 140 minutes

The Prestige - 130 minutes

The Dark Knight - 152 minutes

Inception - 148 minutes

The Dark Knight Rises - 165 minutes

Interstellar - 169 minutes

Dunkirk - 107 minutes

The shorter running time was previously teased by the release of the screenplay page count which corroborated previous reports that the film would contain “little dialogue.”

Dunkirk will tell the true story of Operation Dynamo, a daring plan to rescue 300,000 Allied troops who were surrounded by Nazis soldiers during World War II. It stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles and will be released in the UK on 21 July, a few days after its IMAX premiere.

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