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Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

Lloyd Bridges plays a WWII commando leader who leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

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Major Jamie Wilson
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Captain Franklin
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Sue Wilson
Mark Eden ...
Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberly
Maurice Denham ...
Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Grafton
Glyn Owen ...
Howard Pays ...
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Van Horst
John Welsh ...
Admiral of the Fleet Lord William Cansley
George Mikell ...
Captain Strasser
Ernest Clark ...
Air Vice Marshall Woodbridge
Dick Haydon ...
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Lloyd Bridges plays a WWII commando leader who leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

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commandos | world war two | attack | See All (3) »

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They turned a dead ship into a live bomb and sailed it down the throat of the enemy!

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Action | Drama | War

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5 July 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Attaque sur le mur de l'Atlantique  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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The men who took part in this attack received more awards for bravery then any other operation of it's length then any other operation before or since. 89 awards were made, including 5 Victoria Crosses, 4 Distinguished Service Orders, 4 Conspicuous Gallantry Medals, 5 Distinguished Conduct Medals, 17 Distinguished Service Crosses, 11 Military Crosses, 24 Distinguished Service Medals, 15 Military Medals, and 4 men were awarded the Croix de Guerre by France. See more »

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Referenced in Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Surprisingly effective war movie.
22 March 2012 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

I avoided "Attack on the Iron Coast" when it was released, given the "B" cast, poor reviews and little promotion by United Artists. Having watched it, I discover a movie with superb performances by Lloyd Bridges and Andrew Keir (in fact, the entire cast)and better production values than "A" list war movies such as "In Harms Way," "Tobruk" and "Operation Crossbow".

This is the only movie Paul Wendkos directed that has impressed me. Using oblique camera angles and careful pacing, he manages to get the most out of his meager budget. Likewise, the producers managed a much more expensive looking movie, along the lines of "The Dirty Dozen," with many more sets to dress. The photography here is equally as good as "In Harm's Way". Too bad the script isn't better,with a rather trite subplot to explain Keir's conflict with Bridges. Keir's arguments against the raid did not require them. What I did like about the script is that what appeared to be obstacles Keir used to "sabotage" the raid actually contributed to its success.

I must disagree with another reviewer regarding the ship miniatures. They look realistic on my computer screen. However, I have seen other movies ("In Harms Way," "633 Squadron," "The Guns of Navarone") where the miniatures and flats looked perfectly fine on the big screen but not on TV. In fact, in both "War of the Worlds" (1953) and "Thunderball" (1965), the wires holding up the models can be clearly seen on television, but not the big screen and both of these films were nominated for Oscars ("War of the Worlds" winning).

I don't want to spoil your enjoyment of this film by overpraising it. So, please go into it with an open mind and judge it by 1968 technical standards. I believe you won't be disappointed.


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