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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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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 Australian video-cassette sleeve notes state: "Such was the secrecy surrounding events which are now depicted in "The Sea Wolves" that it was only in 1978 [two years before this movie was made] that the facts about this carefully guarded operation could be made public following the lifting of restrictions under the [British] Official Secrets Act" whilst the Australian DVD sleeve notes say this movie is the " . . . retelling of true wartime exploits hidden until the 1978 British Official Secrets Act lifted security restrictions." See more »

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

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Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice: Will you take a look at the engine in this thing?
Col. Lewis Pugh: No, but I have a general idea.
Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice: It belongs in a museum.
Col. Lewis Pugh: So do some of us. Well, cheer up.
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Very enjoyable tale
17 December 2004 | by (Holt, MI) – See all my reviews

Yes, Peck had a hard time with holding a British accent, Costner's Robin Hood didn't even try.

Yes, there were a bunch of older actors in it, it's about older characters.

No, it doesn't have an explosion a minute or a bunch of hard bodied guys or gorgeous babes, that's not what this movie is about and it doesn't need them.

It's about a bunch of geezer who, despite being a bit over the hill, still have some sense of adventure and a bit of fight left in them.

When viewed from that perspective this movie does the job very well.

It doesn't need the repeated and obviously fake explosions and computer generated torn body parts that seems to be the requisite for contemporary adventure films. It's a relatively subdued spinning of a yarn based (loosely, I suppose) on a true story.

It's heartwarming to watch the bunch of old soldiers (admitedly, not too much older than myself) pull it together one more time.

On one of those cold, bleak winter afternoons when you're feeling that you might have missed out on a few of life's adventures, watch this movie and let yourself think, maybe, just maybe there's still a chance to live them.


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