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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 overview, first billed only:
Marine Clarke
David Lodge ...
Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart ...
Marine Booth
John Fabian ...
Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen ...
Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond ...
Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Gestapo Commandant
Assistant Gestapo Officer
Beatrice Campbell ...
Mrs. Ruddock


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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2.55 : 1
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This film's opening prologue states a brief history of the Royal Marines from 1664 to 1942's Second World War Operation Frankton. See more »


2-tone Austin A55 saloon seen in scene where one marine is jogging back to the barracks (car was new around 1955) See more »


Captain Thompson: Keep the line straight, Boys.
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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 »


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A Life on the Ocean Wave
Music by Henry Russell
Arranged by John Addison
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A brilliant tribute and a great watch
12 February 2005 | by 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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