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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Heltene See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Network Ten, TVS Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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4 April 2003 | by steveloganSee all my reviews

This mini TV series based on the true events of WWII, against the Japanese holding Singapore, and a Strong willed Capt. Ivan Lyons who put together a team of young Australian soldiers to go into enemy occupied waters in an old Japanese Fishing boat from Australia to Borneo, and then travel well over 60 miles in canoes carrying limpet mines and a few rations to destroy ships in Singapore Harbour.

The British & Australian High Command thought Lyons was positively mad, and on more than 1 occasion Operation Jaywick was put on hold and even nearly scrapped completely, but finally went ahead.

The story holds true to the high spirits of young lads wanting to do their part for their country, while keeping to all the fearful and nightmarish endeavours they endured to try and complete the task Lyons wanted.

This is your classical Sunday afternoon movie, 3 & ½ hours of non stop heart racing drama, to which Donald Crombie should be highly praised and acclaimed for.

I am only saddened that it has never been released on DVD, as my old Video tapes have now worn out from age and use, over time and it is no longer available anywhere on Video.

I would gladly purchase a copy of this from anyone who has it as long as it will work in the UK, or if anyone has heard of it on DVD please let me know where and how I can obtain it, this and Heroes `The Return'


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