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Gift Horse

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC
Home Ent. Release Date:  04 Apr 2022
Cert:   PG


In 1940, the Royal Navy is frantically recruiting for WWII so pulls Lieutenant Commander Fraser out of retirement to captain the HMS Ballantrae, herself recently re-commissioned and lent by the Americans to a seriously under-resourced British Navy. Despite an inauspicious start and multiple repairs, Fraser crafts the ship and its crew into an efficient fighting force, culminating in a daring mission to destroy a French dockyard which is crucial to the Nazis in maintaining their formidable battleships. The climax of the film is a fictional account of the real-life St Nazaire Raid of 1942 AKA Operation Chariot – led by a ship very similar to the Gift Horse itself, and celebrated as The Greatest Raid of All.

Directed By:

  • Compton Bennett


  • Trevor Howard
  • Richard Attenborough
  • Sonny Tufts
  • James Donald
  • Bernard Lee
  • Dora Bryan
  • Hugh Williams
  • Meredith Edwards & Sid James

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