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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Second film directed by José Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

The German soldiers guarding the dockyard drive American jeeps. See more »

Quotes

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

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

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 brilliant tribute and a great watch
12 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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