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Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

During World War II, a commando leader named Major Jamie Wilson leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.


Paul Wendkos


Herman Hoffman (screenplay), John C. Champion (story)




Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Maj. Jamie Wilson
Andrew Keir ... Capt. Franklin
Sue Lloyd ... Sue Wilson
Mark Eden ... Lt. Cmdr. Donald Kimberly
Maurice Denham ... Rear Adm. Sir Frederick Grafton
Glyn Owen Glyn Owen ... Forrester
Howard Pays Howard Pays ... Lt. Graham
Walter Gotell ... Van Horst
John Welsh ... Admiral of the Fleet Lord William Cansley
George Mikell George Mikell ... Capt. Strasser
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice Marshall Woodbridge
Dick Haydon Dick Haydon ... Pringle


During WW2, Canadian Major Jamie Wilson suggests a commando raid against a German-occupied French port where a large dry-dock is used by the enemy to re-fit battleships. The well-defended French coast has been dubbed the Iron Coast by the Germans. The British command is reluctant to give the green-light to this operation, code-named Operation Mad Dog, mainly because of the high chance of failure. The Canadian officer is known to have botched a few previous operations under his command. The main opponent of the Mad Dog operation is a Royal Navy captain whose son died during a failed commando raid led by Major Jamie Wilson. However, after much debate and haggling, the operation is approved by the R.N. Admiral in charge. The training of the commandos is harsh, under real battle conditions featuring live explosions and machine-gun fire. During the training, several accidents occur, resulting in a few deaths and wounds. The operation's future hangs into balance but it finally receives the ... Written by nufs68

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


Action | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


The actual raid was a British Royal Navy and British Army operation. See more »


In the opening scene Lloyd Bridges is watching newsreel footage of British troops attacking Germans but some of the shots are from the German point of view. See more »


Referenced in Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Destroy St.Nazaire
20 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The minute I started watching this I knew I had seen it before. The Trevor Howard film The Gift Horse had been made about the same incident at the French port of St.Nazaire.

The occupying Germans are using St.Nazaire as a dry dock facility for their fleet and the British Admiralty would like it destroyed. A commando raid might do the trick, but the British are stretched thin and little or no support can be given.

When it does get approved there is friction between Canadian commando commander Lloyd Bridges and Andrew Keir captain of the minesweeper taking the commandos in.

If you've seen The Gift Horse than you know what happens. The Gift Horse is factually more true, but Attack On The Iron Coast has its merits.

This is a good action WW2 film.

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Release Date:

5 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Attaque sur le mur de l'Atlantique See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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