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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Called Them "Canoe Commandos" See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie had three working titles. They were: "Survivors Two", "Canoe Commandos", and "The Survivors". See more »

Goofs

The explosives had 15 minute fuses. They were captured, taken to German headquarters for questioning and brought outside to be shot before the explosions went off. See more »

Quotes

Captain Thompson: I've never seen such an appalling exhibition in my life.
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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
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Traditional
Heard at the French picnic
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Enjoyable film true story history.
16 May 1999 | by musical-2See all my reviews

Excellent account of the ten "canoe commandoes" story, who faced fantastic hazards to complete their mission. But only two survivors returned. Good cast of players, specifically Trevor Howard and Anthony Newley, (pre "Stop the World" fame and before his big film break in "Idle On Parade"). Made by Broccoli who later churned out the impressive James Bond films. This is one for the Sunday afternoon thrill!


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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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