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The Heroes (1989)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Crombie

Writers:

Ronald McKie (novel), Peter Yeldham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rhys ... Ivan Lyon
John Bach ... Donald Davidson
John Hargreaves ... Ted Carse
Bill Kerr ... Paddy McDowell
Christopher Morsley Christopher Morsley ... Bob Page
Tim Robertson ... Colonel Mott
John Ewart ... Bill Reynolds
Timothy Lyn Timothy Lyn ... 'Taffy' Morris
Jason Donovan ... 'Happy' Huston
Cameron Daddo ... 'Joe' Jones
Jeff Truman ... 'Cobber' Cain
Gerry Skilton Gerry Skilton ... Andy Crilley
David Wenham ... Horrie Young
Mark McAskill Mark McAskill ... 'Poppa' Falls
Don Halbert 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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Trivia

The code name for this particular mission was: "Operation Jaywick". See more »

Quotes

U.S. Navy Captain: [referring to a captured Japanese fishing boat] I wouldn't put to sea on that old tub for all the oil in *Texas*!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The series was edited into four one hour episodes when they were shown on Sky 1 in the UK in January 1995. See more »

Connections

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

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And it's true!
8 July 2000 | by SeedySee 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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Heltene See more »

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Production Co:

Network Ten, TVS Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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