They Who Dare

They Who Dare

Lewis Milestone (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A dedicated lieutenant brings together elite commandos to carry out a series of daring raids on German-controlled airfields on the Greek island of Rhodes, and then rendezvous with a submarine to make their escape. Second World War drama, starring Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott, Akim Tamiroff, Gerard Oury and Eric Pohlmann.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD