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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.

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 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 (Gregory Peck) and Captain Gavin Stewart (Sir Roger Moore) to spy in Goa and they discover that there are three German vessels anchored in the area and the famous spy Trompeta (Wolf Kahler) 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 a one night stand with the gorgeous and elegant Mrs. Cromwell (Barbara Kellerman), 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 (David Niven) to travel to Goa on board of the old ship Phoebe, pretending to be drunken businessmen on vacation. ... 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:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$220,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,181
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some magazines and newspapers mistakenly announced this production as the new James Bond movie, because of Sir Roger Moore being in it. See more »

Goofs

1970s cars can be seen in the parking lot at British Army HQ. See more »

Quotes

Jack Cartwright: [as Grice drives full speed toward the club] If we're going for a drink, I want to be alive to enjoy it!
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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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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(uncredited)
composed by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Retired British veterans retire German shipping.
5 August 2002 | by rich52See all my reviews

A neutral Portugese port in India has three German cargo ships in it. One of them is believed to contain a hidden short wave radio that is transmitting the locations of British war ships to U-Boats, costing the British Navy dearly in the Indian Ocean. Because the port is neutral, Allied forces are not allowed to enter and destroy the radio. A plan is finally devised to use aged retired members of the, no longer in use, Calcutta Light Horse, who are now enjoying the joys of civilian life. But, is there really a radio in the harbor? If so, which ship is it on? This is quite an entertaining film, especially for those who enjoy (and remember) Gregory Peck, David Niven, Trevor Howard, and many many more British actors.


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