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During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians: former soldiers who are about sixty years old.

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Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

James Leasor (book), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Colonel Lewis Pugh
Roger Moore ... Captain Gavin Stewart
David Niven ... Colonel W. H. Grice
Trevor Howard ... Jack Cartwright
Barbara Kellerman ... 'Mrs. Cromwell'
Patrick Macnee ... Major Yogi Crossley
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Wilton
Patrick Allen ... Colin Mackenzie
Wolf Kahler ... Trompeta
Robert Hoffmann ... U-Boat Captain
Dan van Husen ... First Officer (as Dan Van Husen)
George Mikell George Mikell ... Ehrenfels Captain
Jürgen Andersen Jürgen Andersen ... First Officer (as Jurgen Andersen)
Bernard Archard ... Underhill
Martin Benson ... Mr. Montero
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Last Charge of the Calcutta Light Horse

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Action | History | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Switzerland | UK | USA

Language:

English | German | Portuguese

Release Date:

5 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Seewölfe kommen See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color | Black and White | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fifty percent of the budget was provided by Lorimar. They fell out with United Artists, their distributor, before the film was delivered. Lorimar subsequently formed a new relationship with Paramount Pictures, but Producer Euan Lloyd thought that the studio regarded the film as "the poor cousin", and as a result, it "wasn't sold properly". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Roger Moore is shown on the beach watching the Ehrenfels getting blown up the truck at the back is a Tata model which was not introduced until 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Precious Moments
Music by Richard Addinsell (from "The Warsaw Concerto")
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Matt Monro
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Good Story
12 March 2010 | by max843See 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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