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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | | Action, War, Drama | 27 March 1956 (USA)
During World War II, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Major Geoffrey Stringer
Trevor Howard ... Captain Hugh Thompson
Dora Bryan ... Myrtle
Christopher Lee ... Commander Dick Raikes - Submarine Commander
Victor Maddern ... Marine Sgt. Craig
Anthony Newley ... Marine Clarke
David Lodge ... Marine Ruddock
Peter Arne ... Marine Corporal Stevens
Percy Herbert ... Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart Graham Stewart ... Marine Booth
John Fabian John Fabian ... Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond Robert Desmond ... Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ... Gestapo Commandant
Karel Stepanek ... Assistant Gestapo Officer
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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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Taglines:

Ten Brave Men Started Out on the Most Desperate Adventure of the War!

Genres:

Action | War | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

27 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cockle Shell Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

"The Hollywood Reporter" in January 1953 reported that Hugh Hastings had been commissioned to write the script for this movie, but he is not listed as one of this movie's writers in its credits, and as such it is not known to what extent his work (if any) was included in the final shooting script. See more »

Goofs

The SS officer near the end of the film salutes British style, palm outward. It seemed to be a deliberate gesture of respect for the Brits. The NCO then saluted the officer normally. See more »

Quotes

Captain Thompson: Your men give the impression of being an ill-disciplined rabble. And they'll never get to Bordeaux that way.
Major Stringer: Thompson, I'm training these men, not you. I'm the one who is responsible for the success or the failure of this project, so if you don't mind, we'll do it my way. It may not be the right way, or the Marine way, or the professional way, but it is my way and that's the way I want it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue 2: At a critical stage of the war, fast Merchant ships operating from Bordeaux were seriously endangering the British blockade. For political reasons saturation bombing was rejected: the Navy was unable to penetrate the defences without air cover. The Royal Marines were given the job. PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND-MARCH, 1942 See more »

Connections

Featured in Idol on Parade (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Alouette
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard at the French picnic
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A brilliant tribute and a great watch
12 February 2005 | by muzzle_effectSee 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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