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They Who Dare (1954)

During World War II, British commandos are sent to destroy a Luftwaffe airfield on a Greek island.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writer:

Robert Westerby (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Graham
Denholm Elliott ... Sergeant Corcoran
Akim Tamiroff ... Captain George One
Gérard Oury ... Captain George Two (as Gerard Oury)
Eric Pohlmann ... Captain Nikolides Papadapoulos
Alec Mango ... Patroklis
David Peel ... Sergeant Evans
Sam Kydd ... Marine Boyd
William Russell ... Lieut. Poole (as Russell Enoch)
Peter Burton ... Marine Barrett
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ... Lieut. Stevens R.N.
Michael Mellinger ... Toplis
Anthea Leigh Anthea Leigh ... Marika
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Nightclub Singer
Lisa Gastoni ... George Two's Girlfriend
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Storyline

In Greece, during World War II, a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night, the men soon run into trouble. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lewis Milestone's They Who Dare See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayflower Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical movie of Kay Callard (Nightclub Singer). See more »

Goofs

Regularly throughout the film, German troops are armed with British weapons. For example, just after the commandos leave the submarine, a sentry is seen standing a post at an airfield with a British No.4 MK1 .303 rifle slung on his shoulder. Whilst soldiers did use captured enemy weapons, it is highly unlikely in this situation. See more »

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Well at least Bogarde is great
15 August 2009 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

Not sure what I expected from this one. Dirk Bogarde is my favorite actor and I have had pleasant encounters with Milestone as well. Here the latter screws up on multiple occasions.

First off the cinematography is way too light and some of the shots are rather clumsy. The script could be faltered as well. And some of the acting, especially from the one playing a character who keeps singing this awful and quite annoying tune.

Mind you it's not bad. Bogarde's performance makes it worth while. But really if it hadn't been for him this would have been below mediocrity. It got a few strong moments and whenever Bogarde is on screen you nearly forget everything else that has been going on.

I will not recommend this but overall it was OK. I think the casting apartment did some horrible choices though.


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