A British Army 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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The 'Los Angeles Times' in April 1956 reported that this movie's United States Premiere in San Diego, California was attended by members of the USMC - the United States Marine Corps. See more »
The action is supposed to be taking place in winter (December 1942) but all the trees are in leaf. See more »
Your men give the impression of being an ill-disciplined rabble. And they'll never get to Bordeaux that way.
Thompson, I'm training these men, not you. I'm the one who is responsible for the success or the failure of this project, so if you don't mind, we'll do it my way. It may not be the right way, or the Marine way, or the professional way, but it is my way and that's the way I want it.
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Closing credits: The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance given to them in the making of this film by THE ROYAL MARINES and other branches of THE ROYAL NAVY. See more »
The movie was based on a real mission, called Operation Frankton. It was a successful Commando raid, despite the loss of life. The number of casualties in the film is accurate to those in real life. The training regime is somewhat questionable, and some elements would of only been added to make the movie more fun. However, a lot of training has been cut from the movie, as it simply would not be enjoyable to watch at all. All in all the film is fun to watch, you'll learn something about WW2 and although no film cannot capture just exactly what those men went through, it's a brilliant tribute to those who did not make it back.
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