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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

 -  Action | War | Drama  -  27 March 1956 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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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Action | War | Drama

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27 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cockle Shell Heroes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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The first full screenplay of Bryan Forbes See more »

Goofs

As Cooley and Todd are getting into their canoe, the Germans appear. Cooley tells Todd to prime his "Little Nell" so they can make a run for it. Todd is already in the canoe and Cooley is half in. After cutting to the Germans, the camera quickly returns to Cooley and Todd who are now standing beside their canoe. See more »

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Captain Thompson: I've never seen such an appalling exhibition in my life.
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Crazy Credits

Prologue 1: The Marines were formed 28th October, 1664. On 29th April, 1802, His Majesty, King George III, directed that they should be styled THE ROYAL MARINES See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

March - "The COCKLESHELL HEROES"
by F. Vivian Dunn (as Lt. Col. F. Vivian Dunn, C.V.O., R.M.)
Principal Director of Music Royal Marines
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A very true story.
24 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is in fact a true story. It was a raid that was authorised by

Mountbatten in 1942. The names of the characters are changed. There was such a raid called operation Frankton that was executed in winter months. The movie is no doubt an exaggeration in many parts but certainly creates a lot of suspense. Of all the performances the only strong one is that of Trevor Howard who delivers his character extremely well on screen. His relationship with his commanding officer is in many ways the centre piece of the film. I can understand why people unaware of the raid would find this film implausible. But I can assure this was a real episode brought to the big screen. The raiders in real life did endure extreme hardship.


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