The Sea Wolves Reviews
When re-watching it yesterday I really enjoyed seeing characters like Gregory Peck and David Niven again. They are part of a time when movie characters could be funny, strong and quite macho without being totally overdone and foul-mouthed. David Niven as well as a few of the other characters are just great with their British "stiff upper lip" attitude and British humor.
The story is a rather classical World War 2 adventure story even though it is based on an actual event. Most of the movie is the initial spy-adventure with Gregory Peck and Roger Moore followed by the preparations and boat ride into the neutral harbor of Goa. These are really the best part of the movie where the characters are really making the movie.
When the action starts at the end of the movie the characters themselves kind of get hidden behind the action which, quite frankly, is not top quality. Like many older movies these parts are a bit cartoonish, illogical and certainly not very realistic. The special effects are also, not surprisingly, up to modern standards. I never figured out what the German captain really expected to achieve with oil drums on the deck by the way. I guess it made some nice fiery scenes at the end though.
For me, watching this movie again yesterday, that was two very enjoyable hours.
(1981) The Sea Wolves
Depicting a particular time in WWII history in which theirs a small group of Special Operatives Executives who are a bunch of senior men rallying together in combating some Nazis hiding in neutral waters in Goa, Turkey succeeding in transmiting signals against sinking many hidden allied war ships. The movie stars Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven portraying real life characters on a mission that was not divulge to the open public but are finally made into a film based on a book written by James Leasor from actual transcripts and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen director of some John Wayne Westerns.
It's main problem is that for a film that is two hours it sometimes feels way too long that at times one may want the story to move right along cutting to the chase for it drags.
Upon seeing this film a long time ago while flipping the channels as a young kid, initially thought I was watching Roger Moore playing the James Bond role again but was disappointed that he wasn't, but upon rewatching it again as I'm older realized that his persona is similar to it without doing very much except to act in the same movie with some veterans as Peck and Niven. If it wasn't based on true events would've given this film a mediocre rating for it's entertaining value since it sometimes feels lifeless.
3 out of 4
They certainly dont make em like this anymore