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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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They Called Them "Canoe Commandos" See more »

Genres:

Action | War | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

Second movie directed by José Ferrer. See more »

Goofs

When parachuting the "stick" fails to connect their static lines. The parachutes would fail to open automatically when exiting the aircraft as shown by the external shot. 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 1: The Marines were formed 28th. October, 1664. On 29th. April, 1802, His Majesty, King George III, directed that they should be styled THE ROYAL MARINES See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Bond... James Bond (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Alouette
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard at the French picnic
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British commandoes sink German supply ships
1 June 2006 | by yongsudadSee all my reviews

I saw the cockleshell heroes many years ago and greatly enjoyed it.I was impressed enough to read the factual account of the unit and mission depicted in the film.The film was good but did not begin to show the reality of the training and the hardships these men went through.The actual mission was pretty much as depicted in the film.The Royal Commandoes that made up the real unit went on to form the nucleus of what is now known as the SBS or special boat section.This is the British version of the Navy Seals,but formed many years earlier.I highly recommend reading the book.You will appreciate the film even more.


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