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
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Ten Brave Men Started Out on the Most Desperate Adventure of the War!
27 March 1956 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Cockle Shell Heroes
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(Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
Although being in England they use the term "Dollars". See more
[Stevens steps forward and salutes, and Thompson returns the salute
Do you usually let your men slouch about in that fashion?
No, sir. We've just finished an exercise, and...
I'm not interested in what you've finished.
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
A Life on the Ocean Wave
Music by Henry Russell
Arranged by John Addison See more