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The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.

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Ivan Lyon
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Donald Davidson
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Ted Carse
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Bob Page
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Bill Reynolds
Timothy Lyn ...
'Taffy' Morris
Jason Donovan ...
'Happy' Huston
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'Joe' Jones
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'Cobber' Cain
Gerry Skilton ...
Andy Crilley
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Horrie Young
Mark McAskill ...
'Poppa' Falls
Don Halbert ...
'Moss' Berryman
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In 1943 a group of Australian and British Commandos used a captured Japanese fishing boat to sail from Australia to Singapore to attack Japanese shipping in Singapore harbour. Using canoes the team paddled through the defences to place Limpet Mines on their targets. The attack was successful with seven ships being sunk or damaged.

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2 April 1989 (Australia)  »

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The "krait" is a deadly poisonous snake indigenous to S.E. Asia. See more »

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Colonel Mott: [to Major Lyon] *I* think your "absurd, impractical, scheme" just might *work*!... so pick a team, the best you can find, and leave the brass hats to *me*!
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The end credits state that a year after Operation Jaywick, Ivan Lyon led another attack on Singapore by submarine. Lyon and those who accompanied him died. They included Donald Davision, Bob Page, Poppa Falls,Happy Huston and Boof Marsh. See more »

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Followed by Heroes II: The Return (1991) See more »

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And it's true!
8 July 2000 | by (Rio Grande City, Texas) – See all my reviews

I have finally gotten a copy of this really fine movie. In conversations and correspondence with its producer I have learned that not only is it a superb movie, it's true! Most historical details for the movie came from a book about the event and the Japanese fishing vessel which was used in the real life raids is currently moored in the Sydney harbor where it is considered a national treasure. In the movie, a pontoon boat powered by two outboard motors was used. A sequel entitled "Heroes: the Return" was produced two years later, in 1990, and is even more carefully researched for historical accuracy. Much to my delight, the copies which I have of both the movie and its sequel are of their original mini-series lengths. The movie as shown on US television was a shortened version. Efforts are ongoing to find a way to release the movies on cassette in the United States although the producer doesn't expect any success for the venture. That will be unfortunate since "The Heroes" is such fine cinema and provides a glimpse into the sacrifices and intrigues of the war in the Pacific. It also helps us appreciate the contributions of the Australians.


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