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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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Major 'Yogi' Crossley
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Charlie Wilton
Patrick Allen ...
Colin Mackenzie
Wolf Kahler ...
Trompeta
Robert Hoffmann ...
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George Mikell ...
Capt. Rofer
Jürgen Andersen ...
First Officer of Ehrenfels (as Jurgen Anderson)
Bernard Archard ...
Underhill
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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The music score was composed by Roy Budd, who also used a new arrangement based on Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto for the romantic scenes. See more »

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The setting of the film is WWII, but the haircut and clothes of most actors and extras are part of late-1970s fashion. 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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THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS
Music by Richard Addinsell (from "The Warsaw Concerto")
Lyric by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Matt Monro
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Entertaining War Adventure
6 June 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 (Gregory Peck) and Captain Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore) to spy in Goa and they discover that there are three German vessels anchored in the area and the famous spy Trompeta (Wolf Kahler) 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 (Barbara Kellerman), 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 (David Niven) 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 the German secret codes under the command of Lewis. Meanwhile Gavin on shore has a love affair Mrs. Cromwell and prepares the diversion to facilitate the mission of Lewis and his men.

"The Sea Wolves" is an entertaining adventure apparently based on a true but incredible story. The use of retired military in the operation in a neutral zone seems to be too fantastic and romantic to be true and does not make sense why risky the operation exposing old men and not real soldiers. Would it make any difference to England after the sinking of twelve allied vessels? The unknown Barbara Kellerman is really a pretty woman and tailored for the role of a seductive spy. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Espionagem em Goa" ("Spionage in Goa")


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