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Up from the Beach (1965)

After the D-Day landings in June 1944, a US squadron liberates a small village in Normandy from German occupation.


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Credited cast:
Cliff Robertson ... Sgt. Edward Baxter
Red Buttons ... Pfc. Harry Devine
Irina Demick ... Lili Rolland
Marius Goring ... German Commandant
Slim Pickens ... Artillery Colonel
James Robertson Justice ... British beachmaster
Broderick Crawford ... MP Major
Georges Chamarat ... Mayor
Françoise Rosay ... Lili's Grandmother
Raymond Bussières ... Dupre
Fernand Ledoux ... Barrelmaker
Louise Chevalier Louise Chevalier ... Marie
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Seamstress
Paula Dehelly Paula Dehelly ... Widow Clarisse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Drummer


In 1944, during D-Day plus two, American sergeant Edward Baxter and a platoon of American infantrymen depart Omaha Beach in Normandy and proceed inland. At the nearby French village of Verville, the platoon encounters a farm house that is heavily fortified by a group of SS soldiers. The Germans also hold a number of local French villagers as hostages. After a short negotiation between the Germans and the Americans, a violent battle ensues. The American soldiers prevail, despite some losses. The French hostages are freed. Together with them is a humane Wehrmacht Major who used to be the Commandant of the area during the German Occupation. He is wounded and unarmed. The villagers protect him on the account that he once saved their lives during German reprisals for acts committed by the French Resistance. An American colonel and his staff officers arrive in a jeep and order sergeant Baxter to evacuate the French civilians and the German Major to the beach. The reason given is that a ... Written by nufs68

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A lone American sergeant on the most impossible mission of the war!


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Release Date:

26 May 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day After See more »

Filming Locations:

Normandy, France See more »


Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Darryl F Zanuck originally announced that this would be directed by James Bond helmer Guy Hamilton, and that James Garner and Oskar Werner would be heading the cast. See more »


Follows The Longest Day (1962) See more »

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