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A dramatization of the failed World War II raid which became the most serious defeat of Canadian forces in the war.


John N. Smith


John Krizanc, Brian Villa (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Maj. Gen. Hamilton Roberts
Victor Garber ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
Robert Joy ... Hughes-Hallett
Peter Donat ... McNaughton
Aidan Devine ... Casey
Gordon Currie ... Stefan
Thomas Mitchell ... Jawarski
Brian Taylor Brian Taylor ... Morton
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ... Magnus
John Nelles ... Lionel
Larissa Laskin ... Leith
Gabrielle Rose ... Anne
John Neville ... Gen. Sir Alan Brooke
Kenneth Welsh ... Maj. Gen. Harry Crerar
Michael Anderson Jr. ... David Lean


Canadian troops stationed in England during the Second World War were ordered to attack the Nazi-occupied French seaside town of Dieppe. More than 900 were killed. Written by Anonymous

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raid | dieppe | beach | seaside | commando | See All (23) »


History | War







Filming Locations:

Picton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A painting of Queen Elizabeth II is shown hanging on a wall more than once. The Queen was just a princess in World War II. See more »


References In Which We Serve (1942) See more »

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Well acted and convincing portrayal of Canadian soldiers and generals in 1942
17 July 1999 | by pullenSee all my reviews

With a cast of veteran Canadian actors, Dieppe gives a true-to-life depiction of life in the Canadian Army in WWII from two perspectives; that of the Generals, and that of the footsoldiers. Both were keen on going into action against the Germans, and the film is very good at showing why both groups felt that way.

While the action sequences of the last hour may disappoint, especially compared to Saving Private Ryan, the chaos and carnage of Blue Beach is nonetheless accurately portrayed. One could bemoan the fact that the main landings were not given screen time, but the movie is more about the relationships between the senior commanders, and the politics of the Raid. At the same time, a sympathetic and convincing portrayal of the life of the common Canadian soldier in Britain is given as well.

Uniforms, weapons and vehicles are all well researched, though grognards may well find much to point out.

This film is an exciting, thought-provoking, and convincing portrayal of the Canadian Army in Britain in 1942.

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