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The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, History, War  |  5 June 1981 (USA)
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A true WW2 story: the British must attack a German ship but it's safe in neutral Goa. So they send civilians, ex-soldiers about 60 years old.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice
Mrs. Agnes Cromwell
Major 'Yogi' Crossley
Kenneth Griffith ...
Charlie Wilton
Patrick Allen ...
Colin Mackenzie
Wolf Kahler ...
Robert Hoffmann ...
U-Boat Captain
U-Boat First Officer
George Mikell ...
Capt. Rofer
Jürgen Andersen ...
First Officer of Ehrenfels (as Jurgen Anderson)
Bernard Archard ...
Martin Benson ...
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In March 1943, in the World War II, the Germans use the neutral harbor of the Portuguese colony of Mormugoa to transmit information to a U-Boat about the allied ships to sink them in international waters. In Calcutta, the British Intelligence assigns Colonel Lewis Pugh and Captain Gavin Stewart to spy in Goa and they discover that there are three German vessels anchored in the area and the famous spy Trompeta is based in Goa. They kidnap Trompeta to interrogate him but Lewis accidentally kills the spy after fighting with him in the runaway car. Meanwhile Gavin has one night stand with the gorgeous and elegant Mrs. Cromwell, who is the partner of Trompeta. They fail in their mission, but Lewis and Gavin convince their chief to use the veterans from Calcutta Light Horse led by the retired Colonel W.H. Grice to travel to Goa on board of the old ship Phoebe, pretending to be drunken businessmen on holiday. They prepare to destroy the Ehrenfels and the two other Nazi radio ships and get ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse


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Also Known As:

Le commando de sa majesté  »

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As indicated in both the film's story and in the real life mission, no medals nor awards nor commendations were issued by the British Government for the successful raid on Goa. James Leasor's book 'Boarding Party' states: "The authorities kept faith with the Light Horse over one particular promise. They would have no credit for what they volunteered to do, and there would be no medals. So closely was this last pledge adhered to that the men who had willingly risked their lives and careers, at their own expense,, to carry out a task which produced unparalleled benefits, were categorically refused the right to wear one of Britain's humbler issue medals of the Second World War, the 1939-45 Star." See more »


1970s cars can be seen in the parking lot at British Army HQ. See more »


Jack Cartwright: [as Grice drives full speed toward the club] If we're going for a drink, I want to be alive to enjoy it!
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Music by Richard Addinsell (from "The Warsaw Concerto")
Lyric by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Matt Monro
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12 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a group of strange reviews. Granted, I am 69 but I just started watching tons of movies since retiring (we had no money growing up). Thank God for cable, especially TCM, AMC and the History Channel. (And to - the first favourite added to my desktop in 1994!)

The fact that this is based on a true story made all the difference. Yes, life was like that back then.

Re: Mr. Peck's accent - I've known plenty of Englishmen who sounded like that. What odd comments.

The locations were great - nice to see something authentic. And I agree, the clothing could have been a bit less modern. Finances were tight all over during WWII.

And to say these actors were past their prime! An actor is an actor is an actor - until physically or mentally impaired. (I've felt this way since high school so it is not just compassion for those now in my age group.)

All in all, a satisfying experience.

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