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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 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

Six cast members of this film also appeared together in the Wild Geese, Roger Moore, Brook Williams, Jack Watson, Kenneth Griffith, Patrick Allen and Terence Longdon. See more »

Goofs

Underwater mines were attached to the German ships, but none of the underwater explosions set off sprays of water from below the surface of the water. See more »

Quotes

Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice: Will you take a look at the engine in this thing?
Col. Lewis Pugh: No, but I have a general idea.
Col. W.H. 'Bill' Grice: It belongs in a museum.
Col. Lewis Pugh: So do some of us. Well, cheer up.
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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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Featured in The Last of the Gentleman Producers (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
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composed by Thomas Augustine Arne
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The old geezers go to war ...
19 August 2006 | by Matti-ManSee all my reviews

THE SEA WOLVES is an engaging enough romp, that kinda pays tribute to the brave men of the Calcutta Light Horse who cut off the Germans' intelligence pipeline out of Portugese Goa, but it's very hard to believe that this film was shot just one year before RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. That it was directed by Andrew McLaglen may account for its old-fashioned look and feel, but really this kind of studio production was pretty much redundant by 1980.

It's worth a look, but you'd spend two hours more profitably by watching a better war film than this one - for example THIN RED LINE. Come to think of it, even corny 1960s stuff like THE DIRTY DOZEN is better put together than this. Good story, fair script. Bit of waste of a great cast, really ...


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