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:
Colonel W. H. Grice
'Mrs. Cromwell'
Major Yogi Crossley
Kenneth Griffith ...
Patrick Allen ...
Colin Mackenzie
Wolf Kahler ...
Robert Hoffmann ...
U-Boat Captain
First Officer (as Dan Van Husen)
George Mikell ...
Ehrenfels Captain
Jürgen Andersen ...
First Officer (as Jurgen Andersen)
Bernard Archard ...
Martin Benson ...
Mr. Montero


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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Did You Know?


The Boarding Party Operation raid on Goa remained a British Government secret for thirty-five years, from 1943 until 1978. See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: Although this film is based on the true exploits of certain members of The Calcutta Light Horse, some fictitious events and characters have been introduced and in those instances, any similarity to actual persons (living or dead) or to actual events is purely coincidental. See more »


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The Precious Moments
Music by Richard Addinsell (from "The Warsaw Concerto")
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Matt Monro
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Intrigue and Adventure for Adults
27 June 2003 | by (Denver, Colorado) – See all my reviews

A ponderous, but stately homage to the British Empire and the actual superlative function of British Intelligence. It is beautifully photographed, and in no hurry, which is somewhat refreshing in the light of modern, hyperactive drama. The film features solid acting by some great names supported by a prime polo stable of British character actors. The film makes a conscious effort to keep close to the historical record, which would be the reason for some of its more unlikely episodes. Only the writers of fiction need restrict themselves to the probable.

David Niven is worthy of himself, as is Gregory Peck, with an underplayed British accent. Roger Moore has a great deal of fun being a spy who is NOT James Bond, and is clearly enjoying the role. His feminine antagonist is portrayed as lethal and skilled, and Trevor Howard does himself credit in advanced old age.

The film's accurate sets and equipment are the results of many of the actual parties involved assisting in the film, which was made two years after the actual records of the Raid on Goa were finally made public by the British government.

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