The Cockleshell Heroes


Action / Drama / War

IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1,437


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September 3, 2019



Anthony Newley as Marine Clarke
Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu
José Ferrer as Inspector Branco
Trevor Howard as Walter Morel
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23.976 fps
97 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by NineLivesBurra 9 / 10 / 10

Fairly accurate film showing a difficult operation for the RM Commandos in WWII

I loved this film. My father was a RM Commando and served during WWII. He knew most of the men chosen to carry out this mission. It follows the training and the mission of some volunteers who really didn't know what they were getting themselves into. The resultant camaraderie is poignantly shown. It was not an easy mission and every one of the men knew there was little chance of them returning. Their job was to plant mines onto the hulls of German warships in France. They were, if successful to be picked up by the French resistance and secreted safely home. Only one of the original two-man crews survived. The rest were all captured and shot by the Germans. My father always had a tear in his eye at the end of the movie as all the men were reunited, if only on screen.

Reviewed by kbuc263924 8 / 10 / 10

A Fine Film

I was ten-years-old, growing up during the war in England, when this, and other raids were being made against the Nazis. In 1955, I had completed a three-year enlistment with the U.S. Marines, and therefore extremely interested in commando-style warfare. "Cockleshell Heroes" was entertaining, even though Columbia Pictures capitalized on a suicide mission and glorified it, thus overlooking the rugged training, and horrible cost in lives. Nonetheless, glory aside, the film triumphantly displays loyalty, dedication, that is the trademark of the Royal Marines. But after reading the first person account of the raid, you don't really appreciate what these heroic men did until you read the book. The first misconception given in the film is that this was a commando unit, when in fact, the dozen selected, were regular Marines who volunteered. The hardships endured don't come across as hard in the movie as they do in the book. The loss of food, inability to move for hours at a stretch, not able to relieve themselves, are just a few of the oversights that would have shown the ruggedness of the mission. However, even with some sour notes, I still like the film for showing the Marines as one of the best fighting forces in the world.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10 / 10

Cheers For The British Royal Marines

The Fifties were Jose Ferrer's peak years as an actor and he was getting acclaim for all kinds of roles he was trying out. Ferrer has never been thought of as an action hero, but in a film in which he directed himself The Cockleshell Heroes, Ferrer is outstanding in a part that someone like Clint Eastwood would have been more identified with. This was one impossible mission given to the Royal Marines. I'm sure rowing crew at Oxford would have gotten one a starring birth on this squad. The idea here is to demolish German ships in the port of Bordeaux and render the harbor useless. The problem is that Bordeaux ain't on the coast, it's up the Gironde River. In an amphibious operation the idea is for a picked bunch of Royal Marines to row kayak like canoes up the river after having been landed by submarine at the coast under cover of darkness. The canoes are there to insure silence so that no unaccounted for motors are heard on the river. Then the Marines are to attach mines to the various ships and hopefully they will blow up and the Marines would escape inland with the help of the French Resistance. Sounds absolutely impossible, but it really did happen. The film takes us through the training and the mission and most of the Marines are killed. This was typical back in the day, get a known American star for a British production to insure international distribution. In Ferrer's case having one of the great speaking voices ever in film, he could be acceptably British for the audience. Ferrer the director got some great performances out of Ferrer the actor and the rest of his cast, particularly Trevor Howard as his second in command and administrative officer. Howard was the best in the cast, a tough man with a deep secret, he failed under fire just as World War I was ending and has a black mark on him. He gets a second chance 25 years later in another war. Also to be noted is David Lodge the young Royal Marine who goes AWOL to settle some trouble back home with an unfaithful wife in Beatrice Campbell. The film bears some resemblance to The Dirty Dozen and The Devil's Brigade, American productions from the next decade. But these Royal Marines weren't misfits made into a fighting force. They were some of the best of that generation who went on a mission impossible knowing that they most likely would not come back. And it's to them and the rest of the Royal Marines that this American dedicates this review to.

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