The Cockleshell Heroes

  • U
  • José Ferrer (1955)
  • UK
  • 93 min
The Cockleshell Heroes
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Crisply directed in England by America's José Ferrer, this tremendously exciting war film, based on fact, sees Royal Marines go on a secret mission to destroy enemy shipping. Ferrer also leads the fine cast, which includes Trevor Howard, Anthony Newley and Dora Bryan, and commands the intense nightime raid on the Bordeaux docks. Ferrer and Howard strike well against each other as the unorthodox major and resentful captain, and the training scenes are imaginative and effective. The movie was a big hit at the time, and was reissued as the top half of a double bill with the multi-Oscar-winning From Here to Eternity; this necessitated the optical adjustment of the latter into a widescreen format so that it wouldn't look too shabby alongside this film!

Plot Summary

Second World War drama directed by and starring José Ferrer, and also starring Trevor Howard. Major Stringer heads a group of Royal Marines on a dangerous secret mission that involves planting mines on enemy ships moored in Bordeaux.

Cast and crew

Cast

Major Stringer
José Ferrer
Captain Thompson
Trevor Howard
Sergeant Craig
Victor Maddern
Clarke
Anthony Newley
Ruddock
David Lodge
Stevens
Peter Arne
Loman
Percy Herbert
Booth
Graham Stewart
Cooney
John Fabian
Bradley
John Van Eyssen
Myrtie
Dora Bryan
Submarine commander Alan Grieves
Christopher Lee

Crew

Director
José Ferrer

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warwick Film Prods Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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