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Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

During World War II, a commando leader named Major Jamie Wilson leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Herman Hoffman (screenplay), John C. Champion (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Major Jamie Wilson
Andrew Keir ... Captain Franklin
Sue Lloyd ... Sue Wilson
Mark Eden ... Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberly
Maurice Denham ... Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Grafton
Glyn Owen Glyn Owen ... Forrester
Howard Pays Howard Pays ... Lieutenant Graham
Walter Gotell ... Van Horst
John Welsh ... Admiral of the Fleet Lord William Cansley
George Mikell George Mikell ... Captain Strasser
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice Marshall Woodbridge
Dick Haydon Dick Haydon ... Pringle
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During WW2, Canadian Major Jamie Wilson suggests a commando raid against a German-occupied French port where a large dry-dock is used by the enemy to re-fit battleships. The well-defended French coast has been dubbed the Iron Coast by the Germans. The British command is reluctant to give the green-light to this operation, code-named Operation Mad Dog, mainly because of the high chance of failure. The Canadian officer is known to have botched a few previous operations under his command. The main opponent of the Mad Dog operation is a Royal Navy captain whose son died during a failed commando raid led by Major Jamie Wilson. However, after much debate and haggling, the operation is approved by the R.N. Admiral in charge. The training of the commandos is harsh, under real battle conditions featuring live explosions and machine-gun fire. During the training, several accidents occur, resulting in a few deaths and wounds. The operation's future hangs into balance but it finally receives the ... Written by nufs68

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They turned a dead ship into a live bomb and sailed it down the throat of the enemy!

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Trivia

This and the 1952 film "Gift Horse" are based on the same World War Two raid carried out by British forces on the locks of the French port of St Nazaire in 1942. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene Lloyd Bridges is watching newsreel footage of British troops attacking Germans but some of the shots are from the German point of view. See more »

Connections

Edited from The Dam Busters (1955) See more »

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Reminded me of ffolkes
15 October 2002 | by SycotronSee all my reviews

The scenes where Lloyd Bridges is putting some commandos through their paces reminded of ffolkes. Roger Moore had his commandos running an obstacle course and clambering over large scaffolding as well. Perhaps one of the ffolks film makers was inspired by this?

The trivia about Ron Goodwin's score being reused might explain the occasional times where the music seems to be out of sync with the action or overly dramatic for a particular scene.

All in all a mildly entertaining 1960's WWII movie.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Attaque sur le mur de l'Atlantique See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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