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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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Myrtle
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Marine Sgt. Craig
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Marine Clarke
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Marine Ruddock
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Marine Corporal Stevens
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Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart ...
Marine Booth
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Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen ...
Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond ...
Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Gestapo Commandant
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Assistant Gestapo Officer
Beatrice Campbell ...
Mrs. Ruddock

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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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Trivia

Second film directed by José Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

When one Marine is on a bridge about to jump onto a train, he is wearing the German uniform used in the exercise. When he lands inside one of the carriages, he is suddenly wearing a brown jacket. See more »

Quotes

Marine Ruddock: [Marine Ruddock stumbles to the gate in his shorts, having run all the way back from the drop zone] I made it.
Sgt. Craig: You're not finished yet, Jesse Owens. Come on, double up! Pick 'em up! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up! PICK 'EM UP! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up...!
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Opening 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

Featured in Idol on Parade (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The London I Love
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Harold Purcell (uncredited)
Sung by Yana (uncredited)
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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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