A South African gold mine manager discovers a plot hatched by the mine owners and London bankers to flood the mine in order to curb gold production and consequently manipulate its price on the stock markets.
During World War I, a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur, and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battlecruiser, which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.
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
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 »
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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