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The Cockleshell Heroes

  • Drama
  • 1955
  • José Ferrer
  • 93 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 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 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!

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Credits

Cast

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Major StringerJosé Ferrer
Captain ThompsonTrevor Howard
Sergeant CraigVictor Maddern
ClarkeAnthony Newley
RuddockDavid Lodge
StevensPeter Arne
LomanPercy Herbert
BoothGraham Stewart
CooneyJohn Fabian
BradleyJohn Van Eyssen
MyrtieDora Bryan
Submarine commander Alan GrievesChristopher Lee

Crew

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DirectorJosé Ferrer

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warwick Film Prods Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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