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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Major Geoffrey Stringer
... Captain Hugh Thompson
... Myrtle
... Marine Sgt. Craig
... Marine Clarke
... Marine Ruddock
... Marine Corporal Stevens
... 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
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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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Trivia

The 'Los Angeles Times' in April 1956 reported that this movie's United States Premiere in San Diego, California was attended by members of the USMC - the United States Marine Corps. 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: Keep the line straight, Boys.
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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 Breakfast: Episode dated 31 March 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The London I Love
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Harold Purcell (uncredited)
Sung by Yana (uncredited)
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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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