They Who Dare

  • U
  • Lewis Milestone (1953)
  • UK
  • 103 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Considering director Lewis Milestone was responsible for those combat classics All Quiet on the Western Front and A Walk in the Sun, this is a very disappointing account of an Allied commando raid on Rhodes. Ordered to knock out a couple of airfields, Dirk Bogarde and Denholm Elliott spend as much time squabbling with each other as they do confronting the enemy. Akim Tamiroff, Gérard Oury and Eric Pohlmann are far more watchable, but not even they can atone for the sloppy dialogue (much of which was improvised) and the throwaway finale. The action sequences are convincing enough, but Milestone was capable of so much better.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Dirk Bogarde and Denholm Elliott. Lieutenant Graham leads an elite group of commandos on a mission to Rhodes. Their plan is to blow up two airfields on the heavily fortified island - a perilous task.

Cast and crew


Lieutenant Graham
Dirk Bogarde
Sergeant Corcoran
Denholm Elliott
Captain George One
Akim Tamiroff
Captain George Two
Gérard Oury
Captain Papadopoulos
Eric Pohlmann
Alec Mango
Nightclub singer
Kay Callard
Lieutenant Poole
Russell Enoch
Marine Boyd
Sam Kydd
Marine Barrett
Peter Burton
Sergeant Evans
David Peel
Michael Mellinger


Lewis Milestone

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate U