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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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Release Date:

27 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cockle Shell Heroes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A film review in the 'Hollywood Reporter' states that German patrol boat crews and sentries in this movie were played by professionally trained British marines and sailors. See more »

Goofs

Captain Thompson is talking to Major Stringer about his family history. He claims to have joined up in 1918 just in time to take part in the Battle of Cambrai. This was actually fought from November 20th to December 3rd 1917 so he would have missed it. See more »

Quotes

Captain Thompson: Corporal Stevens.
[Stevens steps forward and salutes, and Thompson returns the salute]
Captain Thompson: Do you usually let your men slouch about in that fashion?
Marine Stevens: No, sir. We've just finished an exercise, and...
Captain Thompson: I'm not interested in what you've finished.
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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

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 31 March 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Arranged by John Addison
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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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