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The Sea Wolves (1980)

 -  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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Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice
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Mrs. Agnes Cromwell
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Major 'Yogi' Crossley
Kenneth Griffith ...
Charlie Wilton
Patrick Allen ...
Colin Mackenzie
Wolf Kahler ...
Trompeta
Robert Hoffmann ...
U-Boat Captain
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U-Boat First Officer
George Mikell ...
Capt. Rofer
Jürgen Andersen ...
First Officer of Ehrenfels (as Jurgen Anderson)
Bernard Archard ...
Underhill
Martin Benson ...
Sr. Montero
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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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The occupations of the real Calcutta Light Horse who partook in the raid on Goa included civilian businessmen, bankers, merchants, insurance agents, part-time soldiers, jute merchants, lawyers, accountants, and solicitors. See more »

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Underwater mines were attached to the German ship but none of the underwater explosions set off sprays of water from below the surface of the water. See more »

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[Stewart has just broken Gupta's neck]
Mrs. Cromwell: You've killed him!
Capt. Gavin Stewart: Yes, he was going to kill me. And you. Things like that tend to make me impulsive.
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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 IMDb.com - 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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