We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here

The Cockleshell Heroes

The Cockleshell Heroes

José Ferrer (1955)

93min
U Certificate
Watchlist
ADVERTISEMENT

Review

Our Score
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 night-time 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!

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama in which eight British Marines carry out a daring operation to canoe into Bordeaux harbour, where they plan to sabotage the German fleet - a mission considered by many to be suicidal. Directed by and starring Jose Ferrer. With Trevor Howard, Dora Bryan and Anthony Newley.

Cast & Crew

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
Director José Ferrer
see more

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warwick Film Prods Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

Drama

Have Your Say What did you think of The Cockleshell Heroes?

view all comments (0)