The Sea Wolves

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • PG
  • War

This attempt to capture the spirit of the classic wartime adventures is only moderately successful--"a geriatric GUNS OF NAVARONE," as film critic Vincent Canby described it. Based on an actual WW II incident, THE SEA WOLVES concerns a clandestine operation of 1943 involving the Calcutta Light Horse, a regiment of aging war volunteers who previously saw...read more

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This attempt to capture the spirit of the classic wartime adventures is only moderately successful--"a geriatric GUNS OF NAVARONE," as film critic Vincent Canby described it. Based on an actual WW II incident, THE SEA WOLVES concerns a clandestine operation of 1943 involving the Calcutta

Light Horse, a regiment of aging war volunteers who previously saw service in the Boer War of 1900. Their mission, under the command of colonel Peck, with a passable English accent, is to explode three German ships docked in the neutral Indian port of Marmagoa--then part of Goa, originally a

Portugese settlement. The warships are known to be supplying German U-boats with information on Allied shipping schedules. With the usual amount of intrigue, the old fighters--including the likes of Moore, Niven, Howard, and Macnee--hit their destined target. THE SEA WOLVES is nothing special,

although it is a well-crafted picture, worthy of comparison with the war adventures of the 1940s and 50s. The film is dedicated to Earl Mountbatten (former beloved viceroy of India and an honorary commander of the Calcutta Light Horse) who fell victim to an IRA bomb in August 1979.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This attempt to capture the spirit of the classic wartime adventures is only moderately successful--"a geriatric GUNS OF NAVARONE," as film critic Vincent Canby described it. Based on an actual WW II incident, THE SEA WOLVES concerns a clandestine operatio… (more)

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