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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 »


Donald Crombie


Ronald McKie (novel), Peter Yeldham
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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


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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Release Date:

2 April 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Heltene See more »

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Network Ten, TVS Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "krait" is a deadly poisonous snake indigenous to S.E. Asia. See more »


Paddy McDowell: [referring to a broken-down Japanese fishing boat] They should have given it back to the *Japs*!
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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 »


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

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Worth the trouble
16 July 2006 | by JRaymondTSee all my reviews

I had a devil of a time over several years getting my hands on this movie, (and it's sequel, The Heroes II The Return). I finally had success bidding through the British e-bay site, and was able to have them transfered to DVD from the PAL videotapes in which they were released (this seemed okay since I own legal PAL copies and the movies are unavailable to buy in US format).

These two very long and well-made features seem ripe for a re-release on DVD for history buffs and anyone appreciating well made action movies. They are (in my estimation) the Australian equivalent to the US mini-series Band of Brothers. I also obtained a copy of the book on which the films were based, which is a worthwhile read.

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