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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | | Action, War, Drama | 27 March 1956 (USA)
During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

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Major Stringer (as Jose Ferrer in closing credits)
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Myrtie
Victor Maddern ...
Sgt. Craig
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Marine Clarke
David Lodge ...
Marine Ruddock
Peter Arne ...
Marine Stevens
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Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart ...
Marine Booth
John Fabian ...
Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen ...
Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond ...
Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Gestapo Comdt.
Karel Stepanek ...
Assistant Gestapo Officer
Beatrice Campbell ...
Mrs. Ruddock
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Storyline

A Royal Marine Reserve Major must work with a veteran Captain and a group of incorrigible recruits to attempt what is generally regarded as a suicide mission: the covert destruction of an entire German shipyard in occupied France. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Ten Brave Men Started Out on the Most Desperate Adventure of the War!

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Cockle Shell Heroes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vivienne Knight in her Trevor Howard biography 'Trevor Howard: A Gentleman and a Player' states in relation to this movie that " . . . the Portuguese government had decreed that filming in Portugal [for this movie] would have to stop unless the film company guaranteed to make a documentary about Portugal to be shown with 'Cockleshell Heroes'. It was a rare stab at blackmail coming from any government, particularly as it must have been obvious that, once the film was sold for distribution, nobody could possibly guarantee that another film would be shown with it. However, Euan Lloyd [Warwick Pictures production assistant] was not about to argue. He had been deputized to write, produce and direct the documentary; he also got the excellent second unit cameraman, Ted Moore, who later won an Oscar for A Man for All Seasons (1966). Trevor Howard volunteered to do the commentary. The schedule was arranged to give Trevor two free days and the unit of three went off to shoot footage of caves and any other points of interest they could find. They also found the famous fado singer, Amalia Rodríguez, who agreed to sing for the film, which was titled April in Portugal (1956)." See more »

Goofs

Although being in England they use the term "Dollars". See more »

Quotes

Captain Thompson: Corporal Stevens.
[Stevens steps forward and salutes, and Thompson returns the salute]
Captain Thompson: Do you usually let your men slouch about in that fashion?
Marine Stevens: No, sir. We've just finished an exercise, and...
Captain Thompson: I'm not interested in what you've finished.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue 2: At a critical stage of the war, fast Merchant ships operating from Bordeaux were seriously endangering the British blockade. For political reasons saturation bombing was rejected: the Navy was unable to penetrate the defences without air cover. The Royal Marines were given the job. PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND-MARCH, 1942 See more »

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Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
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Music by Henry Russell
Arranged by John Addison
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British commandoes sink German supply ships
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the cockleshell heroes many years ago and greatly enjoyed it.I was impressed enough to read the factual account of the unit and mission depicted in the film.The film was good but did not begin to show the reality of the training and the hardships these men went through.The actual mission was pretty much as depicted in the film.The Royal Commandoes that made up the real unit went on to form the nucleus of what is now known as the SBS or special boat section.This is the British version of the Navy Seals,but formed many years earlier.I highly recommend reading the book.You will appreciate the film even more.


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