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The Cockleshell Heroes


Time Out says

As the Empire blew away on the winds of change, a spate of films celebrating Britain's heroic achievements in WWII attracted huge box-office success. Bond producer Cubby Broccoli proved adept at finding the right formula: pipe-smoking humanitarian Ferrer battles it out with embittered disciplinarian Howard while tough sergeant-major Maddern licks the bunch of good-for-nothing 'volunteers' into a crack fighting force for a glorious Technicolor finale (breaking the blockade of Bordeaux by limpet-mining German battleships). Fortunately there's more. Ferrer directs with a freshness of vision which cuts through the usual coy clichés, and Howard's magnificently bad-tempered performance lifts the film a degree beyond jingoistic flag-waving.

Release Details

  • Duration:97 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:José Ferrer
  • Screenwriter:Bryan Forbes, Richard Maibaum
  • Cast:
    • José Ferrer
    • Peter Arne
    • Trevor Howard
    • Christopher Lee
    • Dora Bryan
    • Anthony Newley
    • David Lodge
    • Victor Maddern
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