Attack on the Iron Coast
They turned a dead ship into a live bomb and sailed it down the throat of the enemy!
Attack on the Iron Coast is a 1967 British-American Oakmont Productions international co-production war film directed by Paul Wendkos in the first of his five picture contract with Mirisch Productions, and starring Lloyd Bridges, Andrew Keir, Sue Lloyd, Mark Eden and Maurice Denham. The film depicts an account of Allied Combined Operations Headquarters commandos executing a daring raid on the German-occupied French coast during the Second World War. The film is based on the commando raid on the French port of St. Nazaire and is reminiscent of the film The Gift Horse. In the United States it was released as a double feature with Danger Route.
Heavy going preliminaries, with some echoey locations in real houses and the occasional Wendkos' tilted framing, give way to an exciting climax. It's clearly done on the cheap using black and white documentary footage for some of the action sequences. It was part of an Anglo-american production deal with Walter Mirisch to produce five war films with American stars in the leads. The 'star' here is Lloyd Bridges, who holds his own pretty well with the Brits. Evidently, it was released as a double-bill with The Beatles Yellow Submarine, which no doubt would have pleased the kids no end.
Objectively Attack on the Iron Coast is probably a rather mediocre film. But I'm rather partial to these type of "war adventure" films. And after watching Sea Hunt, I'm a fan of Lloyd Bridges.
From what I gather, this film is loosely based on a real event. That makes it a little bit more interesting than if it was all fictional. The script does leave something to be desired, though. The portrayal of the German officers is rather stereotypical. Walter Gotell and George Mikell are both fine actors, but they don't get a chance to show it. They are given much better roles in The Guns of Navarone, which is, by the way, a much better film.
The special effects,…