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Dieppe (1993)

A dramatization of the failed World War II raid which became the most serious defeat of Canadian forces in the war.


John N. Smith


John Krizanc, Brian Villa (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Maj. Gen. Hamilton Roberts
Victor Garber ... Lord Louis Mountbatten
Robert Joy ... Hughes-Hallett
Peter Donat ... McNaughton
Aidan Devine ... Casey
Gordon Currie ... Stefan
Thomas Mitchell ... Jawarski
Brian Taylor Brian Taylor ... Morton
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ... Magnus
John Nelles ... Lionel
Larissa Laskin ... Leith
Gabrielle Rose ... Anne
John Neville ... Gen. Sir Alan Brooke
Kenneth Welsh ... Maj. Gen. Harry Crerar
Michael Anderson Jr. ... David Lean


Canadian troops stationed in England during the Second World War were ordered to attack the Nazi-occupied French seaside town of Dieppe. More than 900 were killed. Written by Anonymous

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raid | dieppe | beach | seaside | commando | See All (23) »


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Very well done
15 October 2004 | by madoroshSee all my reviews

This is a very well done TV movie; criticisms that it only features one of the units involved are not really valid. The movie chooses to focus on two levels; that of a single battalion (in this case the Royal Regiment of Canada from Toronto, not to be confused with the Royal Canadian Regiment), and also the highest levels of command. Those not familiar with the command structure of the Canadian Army in WW II may be briefly confused but will be able to pick out the chain of command by context clues.

Working within an obviously limited budget, this production goes above and beyond in presenting an interesting, and accurate if slightly fictionalized view of the politics behind Dieppe as well as the view of the Raid from the soldier's POV. Blue Beach is recreated in great detail. It is unfortunate the other parts of the raid were not recreated, but they weren't necessary for this telling.

Be sure and read Brian Loring-Villa's book in conjunction with this series.

DVD version has a fascinating 1962 documentary with interviews with many of the key players on the real raid. See also my review at amazon.com regarding the DVD for additional info.

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Picton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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