Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

89 mins | Drama | March 1968

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Herman Hoffman

Producer:

John C. Champion

Cinematographer:

Paul Beeson

Editor:

Ernest Hosler

Production Designer:

Bill Andrews

Production Company:

Oakmont Productions
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HISTORY

Filmed on location in Great Britain and released there in ... More Less

Filmed on location in Great Britain and released there in 1968. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Feb 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Mar 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 Apr 1967
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
19 Apr 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 May 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 May 1967
p. 12.
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
11 Mar 1968
p. 18.
Daily Variety
14 Mar 1968
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
28 Apr 1967
Section E, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
13 Jun 1967
Section C, p. 13.
New York Times
6 Jun 1968
p. 54.
Variety
10 May 1967
p. 26.
Variety
31 May 1967
p. 22.
Variety
13 Mar 1968
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John C. Champion Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Props
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1968
Premiere Information:
Washington, D.C., opening: week of 12 March 1968
New York opening: 5 June 1968
Production Date:
15 May--late June 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Oakmont Productions
Copyright Date:
6 March 1968
Copyright Number:
LP35496
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
89
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, American commando leader Major James Wilson requests permission to cross the English Channel and raid a heavily-guarded German naval installation in France that the Nazis call the "Iron Coast." Although Wilson is opposed by Captain Owen Franklin, whose son was killed in a previous raid led by Wilson, the British Admiralty is so concerned about Allied shipping losses in the Channel that they give Wilson the go-ahead and order Franklin to assist in the preparations. Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberley is blinded during the strenuous training sessions; but Wilson, ready to abandon the mission because of the accident and because of Franklin's continued harassment, is nevertheless convinced by Kimberley of the importance of the mission, and the men embark on the dangerous assignment. Just as the raid is to take place, Wilson receives word that the air cover they expected to have has been destroyed in battle, and that he is to return at once to England. Having secured Franklin's support, Wilson ignores the order and proceeds with the original plan. The commandos board a battered British minesweeper packed with explosives, cross the Channel, and successfully ram the dock where the Nazi high command is located. Although he is badly injured and unable to go ashore with the others to destroy secondary targets, Wilson detonates the explosive device on the minesweeper and sacrifices his life in demolishing the Iron ... +


During World War II, American commando leader Major James Wilson requests permission to cross the English Channel and raid a heavily-guarded German naval installation in France that the Nazis call the "Iron Coast." Although Wilson is opposed by Captain Owen Franklin, whose son was killed in a previous raid led by Wilson, the British Admiralty is so concerned about Allied shipping losses in the Channel that they give Wilson the go-ahead and order Franklin to assist in the preparations. Lieutenant Commander Donald Kimberley is blinded during the strenuous training sessions; but Wilson, ready to abandon the mission because of the accident and because of Franklin's continued harassment, is nevertheless convinced by Kimberley of the importance of the mission, and the men embark on the dangerous assignment. Just as the raid is to take place, Wilson receives word that the air cover they expected to have has been destroyed in battle, and that he is to return at once to England. Having secured Franklin's support, Wilson ignores the order and proceeds with the original plan. The commandos board a battered British minesweeper packed with explosives, cross the Channel, and successfully ram the dock where the Nazi high command is located. Although he is badly injured and unable to go ashore with the others to destroy secondary targets, Wilson detonates the explosive device on the minesweeper and sacrifices his life in demolishing the Iron Coast. +

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