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The Sea Wolves (1980)

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.

Director:

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

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Operation Boarding Party was a covert operation set up by the S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) in India, and was commanded by Lewis Pugh and Gavin Stewart, who were played under those real names in the film by Gregory Peck and Sir Roger Moore, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Force 136 wasn't called Force 136 until March 1944 a year after the events in the film occurred. It was called GS I(k) See more »

Quotes

Col. Lewis Pugh: I want everyone here to smell like a distillery.
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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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Soundtracks

The Precious Moments
Music by Richard Addinsell (from "The Warsaw Concerto")
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Sung by Matt Monro
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Jolly good show
18 August 2002 | by fineanimalSee all my reviews

Based on a true story, the Sea Wolves are a geriatric impossible mission team called back to duty after 40 years of retirement with the offer of a dangerous mission that carries no hope of reward or recognition for their efforts. And they jump at the chance!

The movie itself is rather average, but the story is great fun, and more suspensible at times than one might expect. It suffers only from a decidedly 1970s made-for-television feel to the production, though the story is set in 1943. But even this drawback is ameliorated somewhat by closing credits where images of the real-life heroes from World War II are juxtaposed with those of the actors who immortalized their heroism in this film. Well worth watching.


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